An estimated 20,000 contaminated soil sites around New Zealand potentially pose a health risk to people exposed to the soil.
Previously there has been little national guidance on identifying, managing or remediating these sites, however the National Environmental Standard (NES) for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health now provides a benchmark for developers to ensure their land is safe for human use.
A seminar presented by Bell Gully senior associate Marija Batistich from Bell Gully's Resource Management team late last week summarised the law on liability for site contamination and provided an overview of the new NES on soil contamination which came into force on 1 January 2012.
Click here to see a copy of this presentation.
For further information on the implications of the NES on soil contamination, see also http://www.bellgully.com/resources/resource.03257.asp