Contaminated land—enforcing authorities
Contaminated land—enforcing authorities

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Contaminated land—enforcing authorities
  • Who is the enforcing authority?
  • Local authorities
  • Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales
  • Secretary of State/Welsh Ministers

This Practice Note outlines the contaminated land enforcing authorities in England and Wales under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990).

Who is the enforcing authority?

The enforcing authority for contaminated land under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), Pt IIA is:

  1. in relation to a special site, the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Natural Resource Wales (NRW) in Wales

  2. in relation to contaminated land other than a special site, the local authority (LA) in whose area the land is situated or affected

The enforcing authorities must act in accordance with statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State/Welsh Ministers.

LAs must also have regard to any site-specific guida