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Land within the Byron Shire has historically been used for a variety of activities, such as:
- Commercial activities.
These activities may cause land contamination as they involve hazardous substances such as:
- Heavy metals
Environment Protection Authority
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) regulates contaminated sites that pose a significant risk of harm to human health or the environment.
NSW EPA Contaminated Land Statutory Guidelines
Contaminated sites that are not regulated by NSW EPA are managed by council.
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Resilience and Hazards) 2021 requires Council to consider whether land is contaminated during the development assessment process.