In a few simple steps you can get an initial indication as to the possibility of contamination being present at a particular property or piece of land:
research the past and present land uses and identify the potential contaminants associated with those land uses and activities;
check the status of the property under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and
ascertain whether land contamination was dealt with when the property was built.
To help you research past and present land uses and potential contaminants we provide access to:
· Historic maps and aerial photographs.
· Closed landfill site records
· Information about industries regulated under Pollution Prevention & Control legislation
· Links to Environment Agency information and Industry Profiles.
Our website includes a section devoted to Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which contains the following:
· Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy.
· Public Register held under Section 78R.
· Frequently asked questions.
With respect to whether land contamination was dealt with when a property was built, Planning Development Control and Building Control may hold relevant information and appropriate links are provided.
It is important to realise that simply identifying the possible presence of contamination doesn't mean there is a risk and it is not sufficient grounds upon which to base any determination under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Should you be unable to find the information you want you could consider making enquiries under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.