Land Pollution - Contaminated Land
Please Note that East Herts Council Contaminated Land Strategy is under review and will be updated.
East Herts Council has the primary regulatory role under the Part IIA regime.
The local authority is also the primary authority for land use planning. It must however make reference to the Environment Agency for specific site guidance. The Environment Agency is the enforcing authority with regard to special sites. In respect of former landfill and/or mineral workings which may be potentially contaminated, Hertfordshire County Council acts as the Minerals and Wastes Planning Authority.
Environmental Protection Act 1990
The Council's duties are prescribed in Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990:
- To cause the District to be inspected for contaminated land.
- To determine whether conditions at any particular site meet the statutory definition of contaminated land.
- To ensure all 'statutory' contaminated land is remediated.
- To act as the enforcing authority for all contaminated land, unless the site meets the definition of a "special site" (in which case the Environment Agency will act as the enforcing authority).
For further information and guidance
- Advice on Asbestos Removal - Hertfordshire County Council
- CIRIA Contaminated Land Portal
- Environment Agency Contaminated Land - Technical Guidance
- Gov.UK Contaminated Land - Guidance on who decides if land is contaminated and who deals with it.
Reporting Environmental Pollution
If you would like to report an issue you have witnessed or are witnessing referring to factors that will affect air quality such as bonfires, dark smoke etc, you can use our Report Environmental Pollution form