Where land is severely polluted and affecting a statutory receptor, we are the primary regulator and need to assess that 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, please:
- email the Technical pollution services team or
- ring Customer Services team on 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, or
- Controlled water.