Soil Contamination Tests

Contaminated Land Reports

On 1st April 2000, the Government introduced new legislation to deal with the legacy of contaminated land. This new legislation falls under Part 11A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Local Authorities and the Environment Agency have responsibility for enforcing its provision.

Under this legislation local authorities are under a duty to inspect their district for contaminated land and legally require clean up of that land from the appropriate person.

Procedure

Phase 1 Report: Contamination Risk Assessment.

Initially a walkover survey of the land and detailed look at its history and current usage will be undertaken.  Phase 1 gives an overview of the contamination risk to end-users. I.e. house occupiers or workers and the immediate environment.

This report, once completed, should be submitted to the relevant local authority before any further investigation is undertaken.

Following this report further investigation may be required to safely develop the property concerned.

Phase 2: Site Investigation

Depending on the outcome of Phase 1 further investigation of a site may be required. This takes the form of Phase 2, site investigation report. If as a result of this investigation the site is proven not to be contaminated then no further action is required.

However, if the Phase 2 report demonstrates that the site is contaminated then the Local Authority and possibly the Environment Agency may require additional testing and reporting before any site developing can progress.

Investigations under Phase 2 can also involve trenching and drilling to check for unstable ground, such as mining-related subsidence.

Phase 3: Remedial Strategy

Once completion of phase 2 studies has taken place then a Phase 3 remedial strategy report should be completed demonstrating how the site can be safely developed in respect of end users. Methods of dealing with each identified risk should be shown in respect of the property development.

Phase 4: Site Verification

A Phase 4 verification report will often be required by the appropriate authority following acceptance of the Phase 3 report to finalise the development.

This will be issued upon completion of the development works in order to prove that Phase 3 recommendations have been carried out satisfactorily.  

Where Simply Think UK Can Help:

Here at Simply Think we have a nationwide team of surveyors who can carry out all of the above.  

 

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