Defra circular 01/2006: contaminated land

This circular outlines how Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 has been extended to address land contaminated by radioactivity.



This Circular replaces DETR Circular 02/2000, published in March 2000. It has two functions: first it makes known the statutory guidance as now amended, which is an essential part of the regime; secondly, it sets out the way in which the extended regime is expected to work, by providing a summary of Government policy in this field, a description of the regime, and a guide to the other relevant Regulations and Commencement Orders.

It elaborates on various aspects of the Act, including the definition of “contaminated land”; identification and remediation; and liability for who pays for remediation.  Please note the guidance is under review.

This Circular applies only to England. Responsibility for implementing Part 2A in Scotland and Wales rests with the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales, respectively.