Consultation responses on revisions to the statutory guidance underpinning the contaminated land regime have revealed much disquiet among stakeholders.
Many consider the proposed changes inadequate and damaging to the regime’s effective operation. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s (CIEH) response was particularly scathing.
The regime is detailed in part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It was introduced in England in 2000 and in Wales a year later, but progress under it has been patchy. Flaws in the statutory guidance have been widely blamed (ENDS Report 410, pp 36-39?).