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One of the aims of the Environmental Protection Act of 1990 was the setting up of registers of land "put to potential contaminative use". These registers, under Section 143 of the Act, would have encompassed around 40 different classes of contamination.

The prospect of "land blight" (where the perception of contamination would in itself depress property values) , combined with one of the deepest recessions in recent times, resulted in the planned registers being shelved.

Nearly ten years on the classes of land that are now deemed to be necessary of investigation have been reduced to around a quarter of the original list.

This act of 'ethnic cleansing' of the list of classes of land put to potential contaminative usage, of course does not mean that the problem has gone away. It has only been swept (figuratively speaking) under the carpet.

In fact some organisations are still using the old section 143 classifications as a starting point to identify potentially contaminated land. If one wanted to be purist, the best approach would be to say that any industrial process had or has had the potential to contaminate !

However if you took this approach to its logical end you would'nt get out of bed in the morning, so there has to be some measure of pragmatism.

The Government (initially through the old Department of the Environment) has issued a variety of guidance documents such as the DOE Industry Profiles in an effort to identify the various industrial processes that may have polluted or contaminated. Whilst the list below is not inclusive, it is as good a starting point as any to identifying potential hazards to health.


 

Acts of Parliament



Environmental Protection Act 1990
Environment Act 1995

    The D E T R
    Contaminated Land and Liabilities
    Zone 3/B4
    123 Victoria Street
    London SW1E 6DE
    Tel (0171) 890 5286

Landfill Tax 1996

    Landfill Tax Helpdesk
    HM Customs + Excise
    Dobson House, Regent Centre
    Gosforth
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 3PF
    Tel 0645 128 484 (local call rate)
    FAX [0645 129 595]


 

General Publications

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7 titles
    The Stationary Office
    PO Box 276
    London, SW8 5DT
    Tel (0171) 873 9090


 

Contaminated Land Publications



11 titles
    The Stationary Office
    PO Box 276
    London, SW8 5DT
    Tel (0171) 873 9090


 

Contaminated Land Workshops

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5 titles
    Contaminated Land + Liabilities Branch
    D E T R
    Zone 3/B4, Ashdown House
    123 Victoria Street
    London, SW1E 6DE
    Tel (0171) 890 5287


 

Ad Hoc International Working Group



2 titles
    Contaminated Land + Liabilities Branch
    D E T R
    Zone 3/B4, Ashdown House
    123 Victoria Street
    London, SW1E 6DE
    Tel (0171) 890 5287


 

AEA Publications

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9 titles
    Report Orders
    National Environmental Technology Centre
    AEA Technology plc
    Culham, Abingdon
    Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB
    Tel (01235) 463 162


 

BRE Publications



8 titles
    Building Research Establishment
    BRE Bookshop
    CRC Limited
    151 Rosebury Avenue
    London EC1R 4QX
    Tel (0171) 505 6622


 

CIRIA Publications



General - 16 titles
Methane - 7 titles

    Construction Industry Research + Information Association
    6 Storey's Gate
    Westminister
    London SW1P 3AU
    Tel (0171) 222 8891


 

CLR Research Reports

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General - 6 titles
    DETR Publications Sales Centre
    Unit 8
    Goldthorp Industrial Estate
    Goldthorp, Rotherham
    S63 9BL
    Tel 01709 891 318

Evaluation of Remedial Treatment - 8 titles
Quality Assurance + Management Procedures - 6 titles
Risk Assessment - 8 titles

    David Fletcher (Room A323) - Tel (0171) 890 5287 or
    John Coleman (Room A309) - Tel (0171) 890 5287, at
    DoE, Romney House
    123 Victoria Street
    London SW1E 6DE

View by Appointment - 4 titles

    British Library (London) or
    Environment Agency library (Bristol) or
    D E T R library (tel 0171 890 3039)


 

DOE Industry Profiles



Industry Profiles - 47 titles
    DETR Publications Sales Centre
    Unit 8
    Goldthorp Industrial Estate
    Goldthorp, Rotherham
    S63 9BL
    Tel 01709 891 318


 

HSE Publications

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HSE Publications - 2 titles
    Health + Safety Executive Bookshop
    PO Box 1999
    Sudbury
    Suffolk, CO10 6FS
    Tel 01787 881 165


 

ICRCL Publications

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Inter-departmental Committee on the Redevelopment of Contaminated Land Publications - 8 titles
    D E T R Publications Sales Centre
    Unit 8
    Goldthorp Industrial Estate
    Goldthorp, Rotherham
    S63 9BL
    Tel (01709) 891 318



 

NATO Publications



Committee for Challenges to Modern Society - 8 titles
    Contaminated Land + Liabilities Branch
    D E T R
    Zone 3/B4, Ashdown House
    123 Victoria Street
    London, SW1E 6DE
    Tel (0171) 890 5287



 

Other Publications



Other Publications - 3 titles
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  • CLAIRE
  • Gas-works


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