CIEH welcomes EAC's report into soil health

Publication Date: 2nd June 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the release of the Environmental Audit Committee’s report into soil health, Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer for the CIEH, said: 

“Contaminated soil has the potential to be a real risk to our health and wellbeing. However, government funding has been reduced over the last few years and this is severely impacting on local authorities’ ability to carry out their statutory duties to investigate and remediate contaminated soil.

“Without the prospect of remediation being funded it would be a reckless local authority that determined if a site was contaminated and the Environmental Audit Committee’s report shines an important light on this issue.”

He added: “This also raises questions as to whether Defra is the right department to run contaminated land policy considering their recent record. While we will work with any government department which has responsibility for soil health, perhaps someone else ought now to be given a try.”


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