Contaminated land UK
Contaminated land in the UK is defined as land which appears 
to alocal Authority in whose area it is situated to be in such
a condition, by reason of substances in, on or under the land,
a) significant harm is being caused or there is a significant
possibility of such harm being caused; or
b) significant pollution of controlled waters is being
caused, or there is a significant possibility of such pollution,
being caused.
The UK aims to prevent new contamination and deal with land 
contaminated by past industrial, mining and waste disposal
activities. Contamination threatens sustainable development
a) impeding social progress, depriving people of a clean
and healthy environment;
b) threatening damage to the wider environment and wildlife;

c) inhibiting prudent use of land and soil, by increasing
pressures on greenfields; and
d) high remediation costs.
Government objectives for contaminated land are to:

a) identify and remove unacceptable risks to human health
and the environment;
b) bring damaged land back into beneficial use; and
c) ensure costs are proportionate, manageable and economically
'Suitable for use' ensures:
a) land is suitable for its current use;
b) land is made suitable for any new use; and
c) remediation is limited to preventing unacceptable
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