Contaminated Land

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.

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