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Part 2A introduces the concepts of Class A and Class B appropriate persons. An appropriate person is any person who is to bear responsibility for anything which is to be done by way of remediation in any particular case.

In the first instance, any persons who caused or knowingly permitted a substance to be in, on or under the land (Class A persons) are responsible. Where no Class A persons can be found, responsibility passes to the current owner or occupier of the land (Class B persons).

The council’s Cost Recovery Policy sets out the circumstances in which the council will waive or reduce costs associated with the remediation of contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.