contaminated land
Under the Environment Act 1995, the local authority is required to identify any contaminated land within its area and to require remedy by the owner or occupier, failing which it has powers to do the work and charge the owner or occupier.

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contaminated land
Land which, as a result of contaminating substances in, on or under it, is:
• Causing significant harm to the health of living organisms or interfering with ecological systems or property, or there is a significant possibility of it doing so; or
• Causing or likely to cause pollution of controlled waters.
Under UK environmental protection legislation, local authorities are required to establish public registers of sites which have been designated as contaminated. The registers contain details such as contents of remediation notices served and remedial works carried out. A site will remain on the register even after it has been cleaned up.

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