How we regulate contaminated land
Under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, we have a duty to inspect land within our districts, to identify contaminated sites.
We mainly regulate any contaminated land, although the Environment Agency deal with some 'Special Sites' (typically sites where there are significant water pollution issues).
We have a duty to make sure that people, property and the environment are not harmed by contaminants in the ground, and that any existing damage is remediated (cleaned up).
There are legal rules we must follow, to make sure that those who are responsible for causing contamination, take steps to clean it up.
Our Contaminated Land Strategy, which was adopted in 2009, details how we inspect our land, and take action - where appropriate - to prevent harm to human health or the wider environment.
The contaminated land public register
We have to publish and maintain a public register, which contains information about any sites that we have formally decided is contaminated land as per the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The register includes details of any remediation notices that have been served, and certain other documents which relate to the site. General information about the condition of the land is also included.
Currently, Mid Suffolk's public register contains no entries.