P462 Teletext 463 May24 16:02:17        ————————  ——————————————   DIGGING UP THE PAST   When you choose a house to settle down in, you're full of confidence. Your rambling country home or your tidy semi is ideal. On the surface, at least... You may have bought a house which stands on contaminated land. that's land on or near the site of a disused gas station or an old landfill site. Friends of the Earth has just published a booklet "Buyer Beware" to inform the public about contaminated land. ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— Go Green! index 460 Green scene 466 WIN SOME MIDSUMMER'S MADNESS p451 Global News Index Green shoots
P462 Teletext 465 May24 16:00:32        ————————  ——————————————   DIGGING UP THE PAST   Contamhnated land is hard to find out about and has led Friends of the Earth to question the Government's stance on public access to this information. Landfill setes are the biggest cause of contaminated land. There are around 4,000 in Britain. Toxic substances and solvents are often dumped into them. These industrial wastes sink into the earth, causing human health problems. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Environmental TV and events 464 AL$FRNATIVES TO LEATHER p466 Global News Index Green shoots
P462 Teletext 463 May24 16:00:00        ————————  ——————————————   DIGGING UP THE PAST   Land which has been used for industry and then converted can still harm human health in many ways. Pollutants can: enter the soil which may then be picked up get into public drinking supplies generate flallable gases be inhaled as dust. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Fit for Anything 673 Diet 487 MAKING YOUR OWN COMPOST HEAP p465 Global News Index Green shoots
P462 Teletext 463 May24 16:00:05        ————————  ——————————————   DIGGING UP THE PAST   Even though your solicitor carried out a land search on your property, rarely will it list the property's use further than 20-30 years back. Last year a law was passed which should make it easier for the public to access environldntal information.    It will help you to ^ find out the history  of the land on which  your house is built. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Go Green! index 460 Green scene 466 WIN SOME MIDSUMMER'S MADNESS p451 Global News Index Green shoots
P462 Teletext 463 May24 16:00:00        ————————  ——————————————   DIGGING UP THE PAST   Often pollutants are released when the land is disturbed. This can occur after the ownership of the land has changed, leaving the new owners liable for the pollution. The Government is currently reviewing its policy on contaminated land to establish who should be liable for dealing with the d—l—fd. In the meantime, caveat emptor. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Generator index 440 Digitiser 470 ARE YOU FI FOR ANYTHING? p673 Global News Index Green shoots
P462 Teletext 463 May24 16:00:01        ————————  ——————————————   DIGGING UP THE PAST   For more information about contaminated land contact: Friends of the Earth, 26-28 Underwood St, London, N1 1JQ Tel 071 490 1555 The National Rivers Authority, Eastbury Hse, 30-34 Albert Embankment London, SE1 7TL Tel 071 820 0101 Dept of the Environmdnt 2 Marsham St, London, SW1P 3EB Tel 071 276 3000 ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Working Up 652 Work it Out 653 LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT? CAREERS p653 Global News Index Green shoots