The investigation into Part 2a of the Environmental Protection Act has thrown up a number of different viewpoints on the reasons for the apparent non-uniformity of designation across the UK. The IES has received technical opinions from Justin Taberham, Technical Policy Director at CIWEM and also Robin Graham, Contaminated Land Officer from South Ribble Borough Council.
In the document here we summarise all of the opinions that have been presented so far.
Statistics in brief
128 out of 384 (33%) local authorities have determined sites under Part 2a of the EPA. Within those authorities, 70% of sites have now been remediated. The distribution of these sites across Britain does not appear to reflect historic land use and therefore presumed sites of contamination.
Download the summary of Part 2a opinions here (pdf)