Regulations covering radioactive contaminated land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been amended to remove the exclusion of radon and its decay products.
The amendments to Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 came into effect on 30th September, changing the definition of 'substance' to now include radon and any radionuclides present as a result of radioactive decay. However, this only applies to radon and radionuclides that are the after-effects of a radiological emergency or a past activity.
Land affected by these substances can now be determined as contaminated land under Part 2A should it meet the statutory definition under the regime.
The same amendment was made to the Scottish regulations in 2009.
Amended Regulations available:
Scotland - http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/ssi_20090202_en_1
England - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2147/introduction/made
Wales - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2146/pdfs/uksi_20102146_en.pdf
Northern Ireland - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2145/contents/made