Environment Canterbury has a responsibility to manage and release contaminated site information it collects appropriately, recognising its sensitivity.
The Contaminated Land Information Management Strategy (2009) outlines how Environment Canterbury manages this information in a clear and consistent manner, involving parties with an interest in decision-making and management of sites. Assessment of information on these sites helps to ensure that adverse environmental effects arising from land contamination are remedied or mitigated, to an acceptable level of risk.
The strategy is implemented by:
Following the publication of the Ministry for the Environment’s Contaminated Land Management Guidelines No. 4 (Classification and Information Management Protocols), the Contaminated Land Information Management Strategy was reviewed and is available on the website.
In order to identify sites that may be contaminated, Environment Canterbury uses the Ministry for the Environment's Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) which lists 53 specific land uses that have the potential to cause contamination of sites.
Some common examples of local land uses which may cause contamination are:
As sites are identified as having a hazardous activity or industry they are added to our Listed Land Use Register (LLUR). This allows us to record information using standard procedures that involve input from the site owner. The use of a register means we can prioritise sites requiring further attention and thus effectively reduce the risks from contaminated land to human health and the environment.
We have a long-term plan to identify all sites which have a land use included on the HAIL in Canterbury, within the next 10 years.
The Listed Land Use Register (LLUR) is an electronic database which Environment Canterbury uses to store specific information about sites that have a past or present land use detailed on the Hazardous Activities and Industries List. Sites included on the database are assigned a category depending on how much is known about the site.
LLUR Brochure - What you need to know (pdf 757 kB)
LLUR Brochure - Site categories and definitions (pdf 335 kB)
What do I do if my site is on the Register?
If your site is on the Listed Land Use Register then you, or the previous owner, will have received the opportunity to have input into the information that Environment Canterbury holds. Contact us if you are a new property owner and you want to know more about the details we hold about your site.
It is very important to realise that inclusion of a site on the LLUR does not necessarily mean that the site is contaminated, unless sampling data have shown this. Inclusion on the LLUR indicates that the land has accommodated an activity or industry that has the potential to cause contamination.
Summary details on any contaminated site assessment work are included on the Listed Land Use Register. If you have any information that you think we might not have, please contact us.
How does Environment Canterbury make sure that the information on the Register is correct?
Including a site on the Register is a serious issue, therefore Environment Canterbury has a process to make sure that the information we include is correct.
The site owner has the right to access all information held about their property by Environment Canterbury. Contact us for further information.
Can I get information about a site I am interested in?
Environment Canterbury may hold information about the contamination status of a site that you are interested in. You can request a search for this information by filling in an on-line or printable version of a Land Information Request form, or by contacting us. There is a charge for a full Land Information Request.
However, if you only want to know about the contamination status of a site that information will be provided free of charge.
Lodge a contaminated land information request
Who has access to the information Environment Canterbury holds?
Environment Canterbury recognises the sensitive nature of the information it holds about sites which are, or may be, contaminated.
Information about site contamination is generally only released to affected parties or when a property enquiry is received for a particular parcel of land. However, there are a few sites where the site owners and stakeholders have needed to inform the public of contamination.
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