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Glossary entry:Contaminated land
Meaning in EUGRIS: Put simply, contaminated land is land containing substances at levels that would not normally be present. These substances may be trace elements, organic compounds, gases such as carbon dioxide or methane, or even plant nutrients like nitrogen or phosphorous. The presence of these substances at elevated levels may, or may not, be harmful. However, contaminated land is most often used to describe land where there is at least a suspicion that the contamination could be harmful to humans, water, buildings, or ecosystems. Countries may have specific legal definitions of contaminated land.
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French:Site ou sol pollué
Hungarian:szennyezett terület
Meanings used in other countries (if different from above):

European Union: A location where as a result of human activity an unacceptable hazard to human health and ecosystems exists. Local contamination (contaminated sites) is a problem in restricted areas (or sites) around the source, where there is a direct link to the source of contamination.
France: Site presenting a real or potential long-lasting risk for human health or the environment as a result of the pollution of a given milieu, resulting from former or current human activity
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, that: 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.
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