Closed and abandoned mining waste facilities causing serious environmental impacts.
We record sites where closed and abandoned mining waste facilities cause serious harm to the environment or to human health in England and Wales. Under the Mining Waste Directive we are required to make this list of sites available to the public.
The Environment Agency record those sites which cause serious harm to water quality and aquatic life. Our partners, including Defra, the Department for Communities and Local Government and Local Authorities, record those sites where there is potential for serious harm to human health or to property.
We and our partners will use the inventory to prioritise sites where action needs to be taken to clean up or stabilise closed and abandoned mining waste facilities.
We have produced a report which explains how we reviewed mining waste sites and decided which were causing serious environmental impacts in order to produce this inventory.
Understanding the map
Click on a site to find out why a closed or abandoned mining waste facility has been included on the map. The reasons are environmental impacts due to:
- Water pollution
- Harm to human health
- Fire hazard