Northland is home to a number of places which, due to their historical or current land use, are recorded on the council's Selected Land-use Register (SLR), which is maintained by the Northland Regional Council. Land uses that apply are those activities that are specified on the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL), published by the Ministry for the Environment.
Similar registers are maintained by regional councils throughout New Zealand. Several hundred sites feature on Northland's list which details dozens of industries and activities which typically use or store hazardous substances which could potentially contaminate (or have contaminated) the environment through use, escaping from storage or on-site disposal.
The sites that are recorded in Northland can be viewed in council's public facing GIS maps.
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Northland's SLR also includes a much smaller list of sites where contamination has been officially confirmed, virtually all due to historical uses mostly associated with timber treatment, ex-landfill sites or fuel storage.
All sites on this register are closely monitored by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) and currently pose little risk to human health or the environment.
Basic site specific information from both the 900-plus sites on Northland's HAIL – and the smaller list of known contaminated sites – has been available on request from the NRC for many years.
General information about contaminated land and HAIL sites is also available from the Ministry for the Environment's website.
Alternatively, anyone with queries or concerns about hazardous substances in Northland is welcome to contact the NRC's Water and Wastes team on (0800) 002 004 or email via: firstname.lastname@example.org