Dudley is situated at the heart of the Black Country, an intensely industrialised area that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. The strong industrial heritage of the Dudley borough was built upon its mineral wealth of coal, ironstone, limestone, fireclay and sand.
Numerous sites have become contaminated due to human activities involving the use, manufacture, storage and disposal of toxic or hazardous substances. The type of contamination can vary widely from site to site and is specific to the previous use. Some of the more common substances encountered include arsenic, heavy metals (such as lead and mercury), oils and tars, solvents, acids and gases such as methane and hydrogen sulphide associated with the degradation of wastes.
Land contamination is not just restricted to industrial sites. Some substances, such as arsenic, methane and carbon dioxide can occur naturally due to the geology of the borough. Contamination can also be present as a result of accidents, spillages, aerial deposition or migration.
Besides land contamination, the nature of the borough’s industrial past has also resulted in other hazardous ground conditions associated with unstable land, shallow coal workings, mineshafts and limestone caverns being present.
The council is working to address the legacy of contamination associated with historic activities and also prevent the creation of new contamination. Land contamination is an important issue for the council, both in terms of preventing damage to human health and the environment, and in encouraging development on brownfield sites.
Free access to a variety of information is available via the website so that people can make informed decisions about land contamination for themselves.
If you require specific information about land contamination you can make requests under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 using the Request For Information Form. Please be specific in stating the information you require.
The council doesn’t provide an environmental information or reporting service and neither will we interpret or comment on the contents of third party environmental search reports.
If you are in receipt of a third party environmental search report suggesting that a specific property could be ‘contaminated land’ and you want further information you should make a request for information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 using the Request For Information Form. Please be specific in stating the information you require.
We can provide advice and investigate complaints about land contamination in the Borough. If you wish to contact the council in this respect please use the General Contact form below.