New guidance will help local authorities implement contaminated land legislation
The Environment Agency has published a guide to assist local authorities with their responsibilities under contaminated land legislation.
The guide, Local Authority Guide to the Application of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, has been put together by the Environment Agency, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The guide is being launched in conjunction with a programme of two-day regional training events for local authority staff.
“The Part IIA contaminated land regime presents local authorities, as the principle regulator, with a series of significant challenges,” said LGA Chairman of the Public Protection Executive Councillor Jane Chevis. “The production of the LA guide is as a result of effective collaboration between the LGA, CIEH, the Agency and DEFRA and it is hoped that the guide, and associated training, will equip local authority officers with the knowledge they need to enforce the legal requirements consistently and proportionately.”
“The Environment Agency welcomes the publication of the guide which will greatly assist local authorities in successfully implementing their inspection strategies,” said Agency Chief Executive Barbara Young. “We are looking forward to working closely with our Local Authority colleagues.”
Further information on the contaminated land training programme can be obtained from the National Society for Clean Air (NSCA). The report can be obtained from the LGA website.
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