Special sites of contaminated land
Special sites of contaminated land

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

  • Special sites of contaminated land
  • Brexit
  • Flood and Water (Amendments) (England and Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • What is a special site?
  • Prescribed land
  • LA identification of special sites
  • Advice from the EA or NRW
  • Notice to relevant persons
  • Designation process
  • Identification of special sites by the EA or NRW
  • More...

Special sites of contaminated land

Brexit

11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime.  Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources .

Flood and Water (Amendments) (England and Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Flood and Water (Amendments) (England and Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/460 make amendments to secondary legislation in the field of environmental protection, water and flood to ensure the effective operation of retained EU law after the UK leaves the EU. In particular they make minor amendments to the Contaminated Land (Wales) Regulations 2006, SI 2006/2989, reg. 3

What is a special site?

A special site is any contaminated land under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Pt IIA (EPA 1990):

  1. designated as such by a local authority (LA), or the Secretary of State/Welsh Ministers, and

  2. whose designation has not been terminated by the Environment Agency (EA) or Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

Special sites are those which present risks or issues that the EA in England or NRW in Wales

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