Contaminated Land

Why Worry about Contaminated Land?

Contaminated land may present a health risk to potential users of the land and also impact upon water quality, ecological diversity etc. Exposure to contaminants is typically through inhalation of dust or gases, contact with soil, or through consumption of food grown on the land. Leachates (pollutants draining from the site in liquid form) can pollute groundwater and rivers or ponds. Some contaminants may be corrosive, and some can pose a risk of explosion or fire.

ID: 2470, revised 08/09/2017