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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:

We also:

  • 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).

Read next

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

PFAS summit

Reviewed 13 November 2019