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About contaminated land in New Zealand

Contaminated land needs to be managed to protect people and the environment. Hazardous substances in soil (contaminants) can have significant adverse effects on human health, and on the quality of soil and water resources. At hazardous concentrations, contaminants can limit the use of land, cause corrosion that threatens building structures, and reduce land value.

This section explains what contaminated land is and outlines how it is managed in New Zealand.

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