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  1. Digital Land
  2. Glossary
  3. Contaminated Land

Contaminated Land

Land is legally defined as ‘contaminated land’ where substances are causing or could cause:

  • significant harm to people, property or protected species
  • significant pollution of surface waters (for example lakes and rivers) or groundwater
  • harm to people as a result of radioactivity

Contaminated land may previously have been used as a:

  • factory
  • mine
  • steel mill
  • refinery
  • landfill