Groundwater pollution from cemeteries

How will new position statements impact on development of cemeteries?

On 14 March, the Environment Agency (EA) issued a new tranche of position statements on groundwater protection. That relating to cemeteries is of particular importance in view of the current shortage of burial space and the need for future development, either by the extension of existing cemeteries or the creation of new ones, including grave plot reuse and ‘lift and deepen’ methods. This post outlines the underlying provisions, discusses their application, and examines some of the apparent inconsistencies.   Continue reading