Skip to main content


Title: Contaminated land and the water environment : report of the National Rivers Authority
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
Although the subject of contaminated land evokes a range of responses and reactions, it is by no means clear as to what contaminated land actually is, and how it relates to, for example, derelict land. This report therefore first explores the subject in general and how it has been approached both in the UK and abroad. The NRA's interests are directed towards the extent to which contaminated land already does, or has the potential to, cause pollution of controlled waters. In general, the risk of pollution arises from a very large range of contaminative uses to which land has been put, and increases particularly when contaminated sites are to be re developed. Examples of sites causing actual pollution around the country are examined in some detail in order to explore the nature and extent of the problem. They arise from completed landfill sites, waste tips and other such areas. They arise from past industrial sites used for engineering works, manufacturing, and the chemical industry, even ship breaking. They also arise from agriculture and horticulture. Prevention is naturally always better than cure, and the NRA thus needs to consider further how best it can use its direct responsibilities with regard to water quality, its indirect powers, the scope for further regulations and the full implementation of its Groundwater Protection Policy.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: Groundwater pollutionEnvironmental legislationIndustrial pollutionAgricultural pollutionWater qualityWaste disposalWater pollution
Geographic Keywords: United Kingdom
Extent: 60
Total file downloads: 297

Download PDF    Display PDF in separate tab