The Environment Agency (EA) and Defra have collaborated recently to publish guidance on managing contaminated land.

Contaminated land is any land which appears to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in, on or under the land that signifi cant harm is being caused or there is a signifi cant possibility of such harm being caused; or pollution of controlled waters is being, or is likely to be caused, as defi ned in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The briefing replaces the EA’s guidance on requirements for land contamination reports, provides generic guidance for persons responsible for dealing with contaminated land (and their expert advisers and consultants). The guidance is closely linked to the EA’s Model Procedures for the Management of Land Contamination and explains the importance of risk assessments, summarises the process for assessing next step options and sets out how to carry out remediation works.

It is hoped that the guidance will encourage good practice and promote compliance with regulatory requirements, or avoid the need for regulation. The guidance can be found at the following link: http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/pdf/GEHO1109BRGY-e-e.pdf.