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What are we doing about contaminated land?

Our Contaminated Land Officer deals with issues arising from possible land contamination.

Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, came into force from 1 April 2000. We are required to inspect land in our district for risks to human health and the environment from land contamination.

We are also required to produce a Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy. It describes how we will identify sites and decide which should be assessed first.

In 2012, the Government revised the Statutory Guidance for contaminated land which tells us how to interpret this legislation. We are currently rewriting our strategy in light of the revised guidance.

If after the two stages of assessment we consider that there is the possibility of significant harm occurring to human health or the environment then we will take action to ensure appropriate remediation is carried out. The remediation required will need to reduce these risks to an acceptable level. Depending on the individual circumstances of a site, the funding for remediation could come from the original polluter, the current site owner or us, through an application for grant funding from Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

For further information:

  • Contact: Contaminated Land Officer
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212490
  • Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG

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