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Contaminated land

We support local authorities to enforce the statutory regime for cleaning up historically contaminated land and support the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to deal with 'special sites' and pollution of the water environment.

The contaminated land regime is designed to:

  • protect human health and the environment
  • facilitate the re-use of brownfield sites
  • promote the regeneration of urban areas

You can read the statutory guidance on Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Part IIA Contaminated Land.

Read guidance relating to the role of planning in development of contaminated land, and its interaction with the statutory regime.

Read the statutory guidance on the Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

Read more about contaminated land on SEPA’s website.


Email enquiries to: environment.protection.team@gov.scot


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