Index > 5 Stewardship >

5.2.7 Removal of restrictions of site access

If the monitoring and surveillance programme has verified the long term effectiveness of the remedial measures in eliminating unacceptable risks to human health and the environment, consideration should be given to removing any restrictions applied to the site and ending or reducing the extent of the monitoring and surveillance. If the option of ending or reducing these services is considered, the value of the monitoring and surveillance in promoting and maintaining public confidence should be taken into account. In considering the long term effectiveness of remedial measures, the environmental influence of physical, chemical, geological and other factors should be evaluated. In particular, contamination of groundwater may not become apparent for some time and may do so at some distance from the source of the contamination. Such considerations should be documented in the remediation plan.