Land contamination typically arises from historical activities, which occurred at a time when there was less awareness or regulation to control or clean up substances entering our environment.
Contaminant sources are often associated with our industrial heritage, but can also be caused by anyone mishandling materials such as lead-paint, oil, asbestos construction materials, etc. Sometimes contaminants can be naturally present, such as radon gas.
Our Environmental Protection team aim to protect receptors; such as human health, the water environment, protected ecosystems, conservation areas and our built heritage sites from harmful contamination.
This is achieved through the use of our regulatory powers under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and through development management, which is the Planning and Building Standard application consultation process.