Our approach to managing contaminated land
The NT EPA is working to manage site contamination across the Northern Territory as part of the Government’s strategic priority to manage contaminated land.
Under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act (WMPC Act) 1998, known or suspected contamination must be reported to the NT EPA. The NT EPA can then require assessment, and if necessary, remediation, to treat, contain, remove or manage the contamination.
The NT EPA takes a risk-based approach for the assessment and management of contaminated land to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. We do this in line with the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (as amended in 2013) (ASC NEPM).
The ASC NEPM was developed by the National Environment Protection Council under the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 (Commonwealth) to establish a consistent framework for assessing contaminated land and the risk it poses to human health and the environment.
Find out more about contamination
Definition of contaminated land and risk of harm from contamination.
Information about the main activities linked to contamination.
Information about how to manage risks resulting from contamination and the duty to notify NTEPA
Information about types of contamination, assessment of contaminated land and environmental land audits.
Learn about how the NT EPA administers the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998.
Find out more about Public Registers for activities under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998.