Many industrial processes have had a damaging effect on land quality in the UK, and still account for the majority of existing contaminated sites. Chemical and oil spills and decomposing waste in landfill sites can also be responsible for contamination of soil, groundwater, and nearby vegetation. These in turn present a significant risk to human health and the environment, and with increasing pressure to redevelop brownfield land to meet the UK’s housing demands, land quality continues to be prominent on the environmental agenda.

EPUK’s Land Quality Committee monitors, contributes to and comments on policies and legislation as they relate to land contamination and brownfield development.


DEFRA Contaminated Land Capital Grants to be Axed

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