The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) was amended in August 2005. Several of the amendments relate specifically to contaminated land.
Section 30 of the RMA (2005 Amendment) states that regional councils, such as Environment Canterbury, have a function to investigate land for the purposes of identifying and monitoring contaminated land.
These Amendments, combined with the existing requirement of Section 35 of the Act to gather information, indicate that both regional councils and territorial authorities need to record or have access to information about contaminated land in order to conduct their function.
Environment Canterbury's management of contaminated land involves:
Additionally, Environment Canterbury seeks to minimise contamination caused by currently operating sites.
Territorial and unitary authorities have functions related to the use of land. The National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health was published by the Ministry for the Environment in January 2012 and its implementation is the responsibility of territorial authorities (district and city councils). These councils are required under the RMA to prevent or mitigate any adverse effects of the development, subdivision, or use of contaminated land. The National Environmental Standard gives them the regulatory tool they need to do this. Environment Canterbury works closely with local councils in order to share the information we have and to develop strategies for the future management of contaminated sites in Canterbury.
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