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Land contamination can happen if past waste disposal or industrial activities caused pollution. Sometimes land contamination can be dangerous and must be cleaned up and managed the right way.
EPA gives guidance on land and groundwater issues to help businesses manage their risks.
Land and groundwater guidance includes:
- keep a Priority Sites Register – a list of sites with clean up or pollution notices about land or groundwater
- work with industry and planning authorities to prevent harm from lead contamination at shooting ranges
- give advice to environmental health experts, including those shutting down illegal drug labs
- investigate contamination from per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).
Standards and guidance
Industry standard for contaminated construction sites
Guidance on underground petroleum storage systems
Contaminated site information
Contaminated site management
Priority Sites Register
Contamination from shooting ranges
Contaminated environments strategy
Advice for planning authorities about contaminated land
EPA and drug labs
Per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)
PFAS in Victoria
PFAS frequently asked questions
PFAS National Environmental Management Plan
PFAS National Environmental Management Plan 2.0
Reviewed 13 November 2019