DEFRA opens contaminated land survey

The state of the contaminated land sector and the impact of new statutory guidance will be studied in a report being commissioned by DEFRA.

The job of evaluating the health of the contaminated land sector in England and Wales has been put out to tender by DEFRA.

One of the main outputs of the five-month study will be a new ‘state of contaminated land’ report showing how much money has been spent and how much land has been investigated, legally designated as contaminated or cleaned up under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales have a statutory duty under the act to publish such a report “from time to time” or when requested to by the government. But the last nationwide survey for England and Wales was published in 2009, with data only covering the period up to 2007 (ENDS Report 409, p5).

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