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Land: Contamination

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the management of contaminated land. (202941)

DEFRA has been working closely with the Environment Agency, the Health Protection Agency, the Food Standards Agency and other stakeholders, on the complex issue of how technical guidance on the assessment of long-term health risks to exposure from contaminated land might be updated and improved. DEFRA plans to announce significant improvements soon.

In the meantime, existing technical guidance produced by the Environment Agency continues to be available to help local authorities assess risks posed by contaminated land. This can be found on the Environment Agency's website. The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has also published relevant guidance in “Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning and Pollution Control” which can be found on CLG’s website.