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How can I find out if my home or the home I am buying is on 'contaminated land'?|
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I think my site may be contaminated, what can I do?|
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What is the legal definition of 'contaminated land'?|
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Where can I get information on air pollution regulations?|
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Is there a charge for the contaminated land service?|
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Who pays for the clean up of 'contaminated land'?|
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Whose responsibility is it to keep ponds/lakes free of debris?|
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Can you help me with my septic tank which is overflowing?|
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How could 'contaminated land' investigations affect me?|

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How can I find out if my home or the home I am buying is on 'contaminated land'?
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You or your solicitor can conduct an environmental search consulting various agencies including us about information on the land in question.

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I think my site may be contaminated, what can I do?
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You should contact customer service who will consider if the land is causing an immediate risk.

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What is the legal definition of 'contaminated land'?
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Contaminated land is any land which appears to be in such a condition that significant harm is being caused or could be caused, or pollution of controlled waters is being, or is likely to be, caused.

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Where can I get information on air pollution regulations?
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Information is listed on our website.

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Is there a charge for the contaminated land service?
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Solicitors and consultants are asked to pay a fee of £76 per search. Members of the public do not have to pay for this service.

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Who pays for the clean up of 'contaminated land'?
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We pay the cost of investigation into the contaminated status of the land, but it is the Government's intention that the original polluter, or polluters of land will pay for the cost of dealing with the contamination that they have left behind. If the polluter cannot be found, the cost may have to be met by the present landowner or occupier.

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Whose responsibility is it to keep ponds/lakes free of debris?
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The owners.

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Can you help me with my septic tank which is overflowing?
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Septic tanks need to be emptied and maintained from time to time. You should contact a drainage company that is able to do this work.

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How could 'contaminated land' investigations affect me?
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You may be affected by contaminated land investigations if you own land, occupy land, are a tenant of land or operate a process on land that we believe may be contaminated.
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