The introduction of the Resource Management (National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health) Regulations 2011 (NESCS) changed the way contaminated land in New Zealand is managed. The NESCS applies to any site where an activity on the Hazardous Activities or Industries List (HAIL) “has or is more likely than not to have, occurred”, and covers a number of activities onsite including:
• Change of land use, for example from production (farm) land to residential use
• Soil Disturbance and Soil Removal
Undertaking the above activities on sites where a HAIL activity has been identified, or is suspected, requires investigation of the site and potentially an application for contaminated land related consents and / or contamination management works.
As required by the NESCS legislation our contaminated land investigation and management works are led / undertaken by our Suitably Qualified and Experienced Practitioners (SQEP). Our lead consultant is a Certified Environmental Practitioner – Site Contamination Specialist (CEnvP – SC).