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Contaminated Land

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The Environmental Protection Act (Part IIa) relates to the identification and remediation of contaminated land and came into force in Scotland in July 2000. Under the Act, Local Authorities are required to identify contaminated sites within their area and take steps to remediate these.

Due to Scotland's vast industrial history, many contaminated sites are known to exist across the country. The extent to which these sites impact on public health is determined using a source-pathway-receptor model for the contaminants of concern.

HPS provide advice to stakeholders on a site-specific basis in relation to the toxicological impact of pollutants on public health, proposed risk management strategies and risk communication with the public.

HPS are also represented on the multi-agency Scottish Government Contaminated Land Advisory Group, which provides advice to the Scottish Government on proposed changes to guidance and legislation.


Last reviewed: 16 April 2013