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What is land contamination or contaminated land?
What sort of land activities may cause land contamination?
following activities have the potential to contaminate land:
§ acid/alkali plant and formulation
§ agricultural/horticultural activities
§ asbestos production and disposal
§ chemicals manufacture and formulation
§ defence works
§ drum re-conditioning works
§ dry cleaning establishments
§ electrical manufacturing (transformers)
§ electroplating and heat treatment premises
§ engine works
§ explosives industry
§ gas works
§ iron and steel works
§ landfill sites
§ metal treatment
§ mining and extractive industries
§ oil production and storage
§ paint formulation and manufacture
§ pesticide manufacture and formulation
§ power stations
§ railway yards
§ scrap yards
§ service stations
§ sheep and cattle dips
§ smelting and refining
§ tanning and associated trades
§ waste storage and treatment
§ wood preservation
Contamination can also be caused by improper disposal or dumping of substances.
How do I find out if my land is contaminated?
My land is contaminated what should I do?
When does Council consider land contamination?
How does Council protect land from becoming contaminated?
a Development Application (DA) is submitted to council for a use that council
considers may have the potential to contaminate land, certain conditions of
consent are included on the approval. The aim of the conditions is to minimise
the chance of land becoming contaminated and will typically include
requirements for the proper storage of harmful substances and the proper disposal
of waste materials.