Significant pollutant linkage definition

What does Significant pollutant linkage mean?

A pollutant linkage which forms the basis for a determination that a piece of land is contaminated for the purposes of Part IIA EPA 1990.

A pollutant linkage is the relationship between a contaminant, a pathway and a receptor. A "contaminant" is a substance which is in, on or under land and has the potential to cause harm or to cause pollution. A "pathway" is one or more routes or means by, or through, which a receptor is being exposed to, or affected by, a contaminant, or could be so exposed or affected. A "receptor" is something which could come to harm. If a pollutant linkage is identified, then a risk assessment must be undertaken to determine the likelihood of significant harm being caused to one of the specified receptors. If the risk assessment indicates that significant harm is being caused to a receptor, the land can then be determined as "contaminated land" for the purposes of Part IIA.

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