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Contaminated land management guidelines No. 1: Reporting on contaminated sites in New Zealand (Revised 2021)

This guideline provides guidance for reporting on contaminated land investigations in New Zealand. 

This guideline provides guidance for reporting on contaminated land investigations in New Zealand. 

Legal status of the guideline

Compliance with the guideline is a legal requirement for activities undertaken under the Resource Management (National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health) Regulations 2011 (NESCS).

The 2021 version of the guideline will take legal effect (for NESCS and other legal purposes, such as complying with a rule in a plan or a condition in a resource consent) from 1 July 2021. 

The guideline also represents good practice for reporting on contaminated site investigations for non-regulatory purposes.  

This guideline has been developed to ensure consistency in reporting on contaminated site investigations. It includes checklists for reporting requirements for contaminated sites and for the removal of petroleum underground storage tanks. It also has certifying statements for suitably qualified and experienced practitioners (SQEPs), as required by the NESCS.

Previous guidance

If you need a copy of the previous guidelines for historical or research purposes email RMqueries@mfe.govt.nz.

Publication reference number: ME 1475

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