16. There are no financial implications for the regulatory bodies (local authorities or SEPA) as a result of the amendments to the 1990 Act promulgated by the 2005 Regulations. The amendments will ensure that land causing only trivial pollution of the water environment will no longer come within the scope of the contaminated land regime. This means that any potential remediation costs falling on the regulatory bodies in respect of sites that might otherwise have met the definition of contaminated land will be removed. Similarly the 2005 Regulations place no additional financial burdens on those who own or occupy contaminated land or who may be liable for the contamination (known as "appropriate persons").
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