Many land contamination problems are dealt with through development and planning controls and it is expected that this will continue. The legislation provides a means of requiring the remediation of land where this is not already taking place voluntarily.
There is a clear legal meaning of contaminated land, focusing on risks arising in the setting of the current use and conditions of land. It places specific duties on us and provides detailed rules for assigning liabilities for contaminated land, based on the "polluter pays" principle.
In brief our role is to:
- Inspect our area to identify contaminated land
- Establish responsibilities for remediation of the land
- Ensure that appropriate remediation takes place