Contaminated land regime starts with Agency seeking extra cash

The new statutory regime for identifying and remediating contaminated sites came into force in England on 1 April. The Government has challenged the top 350 businesses to draw up strategies for cleaning up contaminated sites without waiting for regulatory intervention. But the regime is being launched amidst controversy over how much help local authorities can expect from the Environment Agency over land remediation projects - and even with identifying the potentially most hazardous "special sites".

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