Legislation, Policy and Guidance Documents
Main objectives is to prevent and remedy environmental damage. Includes the application of the polluters pay principle.
Sets out the further action needed to ensure a high level of soil protection in EU member countries.
Proposes a common framework for soil protectionin EU member countries
National (England and Wales)
Primary law for the Contaminated Land regime in England and Wales. Introduced into the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by section 57 of the Environment Act 1995.
Secondary legislation on the contaminated land regime. Applies to England only.
Secondary legislation on Contaminated Land regime. Applies to Wales only.
Statutory Guidance issued by DEFRA. Forms part of the Part 2A regime.
Government Policy Statements
States out Government's policy on how the planning system should complement pollution control. Specifically addresses how contaminated land issues should be dealt with at the application stage.
Non- Statutory Guidance Documents
A non-statutory guide to the main features of the Part 2 A regime prepared by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
Provides guidance on the legal definition of contaminated land with specific focus on what constitutes a "significant possibility of significant harm."