People, animals and the environment can be exposed to hazardous substances on contaminated land in a number of ways, including:
There are many different industrial and farming activitites which can result in contamination. Land that has previously been used for an activity involving hazardous substances (such as pesticide use on horticultural land, fuel or chemical storage, or waste in landfills), may have resulted in these hazardous substances contaminating the soil if they were not used, stored or disposed of in a safe way. In the past, the use of hazardous chemicals was not as well controlled as it is today. Sometimes this contamination is still present many years after a land use has ceased.
As well as endangering the health of people and animals, contaminated soil can afect the way you use your land. It can also cause corrosion that may threaten building structures and sometimes reduces land value. This is why it's important we identify potentially affected land and manage contaminated land where it exists.
Hazardous substances and hazardous wastes need to be carefully managed to prevent contamination.
We can minimise the effects of hazardous substances in our environment by:
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