Dieldrin - why does some land get tested and some not?

The planning scheme is the primary means for regulating land use and approving development. It is an important mechanism for triggering the consideration of potentially contaminated land.

The City of Greater Geelong Planning Scheme requires land contamination testing for planning scheme amendments or applications where potentially contaminated land would be used for a sensitive use, such as for residential development, schools, childcare or public open space.

The EPA maintains a Priority Sites Register, which lists sites with a Clean Up or Pollution Abatement Notice requiring actions to manage or reduce the risk to human health and the environment from contamination.

These sites are identified because land contamination may cause harm to human health or the environment under the current use. In some cases, the required actions include testing for contamination, and can also include clean-up of the site, monitoring, and other controls.

Some organisations, including councils and government departments or agencies, may also undertake testing for contamination as part of ongoing due diligence, or in response to an issue or complaint.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 19 January 2022