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Introduction

The full Website (over 120 pages) on a floppy disk for 12

Keywords :- Section 143, BSE, Environmental Protection Act of 1990, "Eat it again Sam"
The Website on a diskette for 12.


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The Industrial Revolution and its dark satanic mills gave rise to quite considerable contamination from industrial waste products. With the recent dramatic decline in traditional heavy industries there are significant areas of so-called "brown land" now available for re-development in many cities.

The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 had as one of it's aims the setting up of registers of land "put to potential contaminative use". These registers, under Section 143 of the Act, would have encompassed 40 different classes of contamination. However due to the fear of "land blight", combined with one of the deepest recessions in recent times, the planned registers were shelved amid some controversy.

The classes of land that are now deemed to be necessary of investigation have been somewhat reduced, down to around a quarter of the original list.

The focus of this WWW site is, as it's name suggests, contaminated land. As is often the case, professionals involved in the sector can blind with science the very people who need to make an informed decision as to whether they should continue to expose themselves to the dangers (perceived and real) inherent in actually living in an area where there has been a legacy of industrial activity, that may have given rise to contaminated land.

The aim of this Web site is to provide information and pointers to information (metadata), which can then be used to help make these decisions as informed as possible.

Contaminated land is a widespread phenomena throughout the industrialised world, government response varies, being influenced by local pressures and the perceived ability of the parties responsible, to pay for the clean-up process.

The www.ContaminatedLAND.co.uk Website consists of 209 "sections" of content, (some half a page in length, others with much more, see - Table of Contents) totalling 1.98 Megabytes of pure text - with NO IMAGES ! When this is uploaded in the early hours of the morning (02:30am) it takes 40 minutes with a 14,400 modem, with transfer speeds varying from 2-5 K/sec.

If you would like a copy for your personal usage, you can receive the full Website, on a 3 1/2 inch diskette with the full sub-directory structure and relative URL links, for 12. Just fill out our Order Form and we will despatch payment details ASAP.

Much like any specialist publication, this web site reflects the background, experience and interests of the webmaster. Should you find this at times offensive, bizzare or somewhat strange, I apologise in advance, however rather than simply jumping site, fill out the Feedback Form and tell me what I should be doing !

P.S. The success of the concept of "set-aside, (where under the European Economic Community's Common Agricultural Policy, farmers are being paid to leave around 15% of their land lying fallow) together with the desire to channel development away from "green-field" country side, to "brown-field" inner city areas, means that the EEC may soon institute a similar "wheeze" for their Cyberspace Accessability Policy.

Preliminary indications are that no new "website development permits" will be issued by the planning authorities. Instead old obsolete websites will be decommissioned, decontaminated and deconstructed, and owners will be paid out of central EEC funds to set-aside a significant acreage of web real-estate.

As we at www.ContaminatedLAND.co.uk are good citizens, we have already set aside 15% of this website to lie fallow, thus preventing a glut of produce appearing on the market.

P.P.S. Apropro BSE, it of course takes nearly a decade to manifest itself (as the scientists tell us, and who are we now to doubt their veracity). This gives an insight into the phlegmatic British character, not for us the buzz of eating Fugu fish - where the internal organs contain a toxin that gives you a buzz, (and as long as you don't accidentally O.D., by nicking you neighbours left over portion, you feel slightly numb but alive !) No sir we Brits get our kicks from eating Beef that might have CJD prions (or maybe even lifeforms that hitched a ride on a meteorite from Mars) and then we get a long-term buzz from the uncertainty of knowing if we will make it through the next 10 years. Or as Rick (or even Groucho) might have said ...One Night in Casablanca...

"Eat it again Sam"


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