Research and analysis

An overview of land contaminated with radioactivity

A series of briefing notes which provide more information about land affected by radioactivity.

Documents

Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 2: Overview

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Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 3: Developing land contaminated with radioactivity

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Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 4: Contaminated Land (Part 2A) and radioactivity

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Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 5: Nuclear sites and land contamination

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Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 6: The Environmental Permitting Regulations

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Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 7: Voluntary remediation of land

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Radioactive Contaminated Land Briefing Note 8: Radiation Protection Principles

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Details

The guidance on this page provides an overview of the regime. It also clarifies the Environment Agency’s roles and responsibilities with respect to radioactive contaminated land and other land contaminated with radioactivity.

All soil and rocks are radioactive due to the presence of naturally occurring radioactive substances such as uranium, thorium, radium and radon gas. Where radioactive substances have been introduced into or onto land as a consequence of human activities, we say that land is ‘contaminated with radioactivity’ .

Published 26 February 2013