Blaenau Gwent County Borough has a long history of heavy industry, including coal and mineral extraction and iron and steel manufacture. These industries were spread throughout the borough and as a result there is likely to be a widespread dispersion of the contaminants associated with this sector of manufacturing industry.
In addition, the more recent use of landfill sites within short distances of urban conurbations and the expansion of chemical and solvent based industries in the area has meant the potential for contamination exists throughout the Authority. The existence of these potentially contaminated sites is exacerbated by the widespread dispersion of the population which means that all the current land use of the Authority needs to be examined to determine if a significant pollutant linkage exists. Once these potentially contaminated sites have been identified prioritisation will take place on the basis of the level of risk they present.
To view Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council's Contaminated Land Strategy click on the link. This strategy outlines how land will be assessed, how information will be stored and what timescales will be involved in carrying out the inspections.