Local councils or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will decide who is responsible for cleaning up the land.
You could be classified as either a:
- Class A person - if you caused or allowed the contamination
- Class B person - if you currently own or use the land
If the council or agency can't identify a Class A person, a Class B person may become responsible for cleaning up the site.
What happens next
The council or agency will:
- decide how the land should be cleaned up
- serve a 'remediation notice' on the polluter or other appropriate person telling them how and by when they must clean up the land
You can agree a voluntary scheme with your local council, if you're responsible for part or all of the clean up. You must tell them what steps you'll take to clean up the land.
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