If land becomes severely polluted and it affects a 'statutory receptor', we are the primary regulator. We assess the land to see if further action is needed. We provide the following services:
- carry out inspections of sites
- check the extent of contamination
- designate whether the site is deemed a 'special site' (the Environment Agency are responsible for enforcing this) and
- act as the Enforcing Authority for contaminated land not designated as a special site
Public register of contaminated land
We hold a register of sites that have been formally determined as contaminated land. To arrange to view the register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01993 861000.
Treatment of contaminated land
When land has been confirmed as contaminated the enforcing authority must:
- confirm who should be responsible for treatment or remediation
- decide after consultation what treatment work should be done and check that this is carried out
- decide who is to pay for the treatment and
- maintain a public register of all regulatory action in relation to contaminated land.
Land is only considered contaminated if it affects:
- human beings
- certain ecosystems
- certain property
- controlled water
You can download our contaminated land strategy.