[F178Q Special sites.E+W+S
(1)If, in a case where a local authority has served a remediation notice, the contaminated land in question becomes a special site, the appropriate Agency may adopt the remediation notice and, if it does so,—
(a)it shall give notice of its decision to adopt the remediation notice to the appropriate person and to the local authority;
(b)the remediation notice shall have effect, as from the time at which the appropriate Agency decides to adopt it, as a remediation notice given by that Agency; and
(c)the validity of the remediation notice shall not be affected by—
(i)the contaminated land having become a special site;
(ii)the adoption of the remediation notice by the appropriate Agency; or
(iii)anything in paragraph (b) above.
(2)Where a local authority has, by virtue of section 78N above, begun to do any thing, or any series of things, by way of remediation—
(a)the authority may continue doing that thing, or that series of things, by virtue of that section, notwithstanding that the contaminated land in question becomes a special site; and
(b)section 78P above shall apply in relation to the reasonable cost incurred by the authority in doing that thing or those things as if that authority were the enforcing authority.
(3)If and so long as any land is a special site, the appropriate Agency may from time to time inspect that land for the purpose of keeping its condition under review.
(4)If it appears to the appropriate Agency that a special site is no longer land which is required to be designated as such a site, the appropriate Agency may give notice—
(a)to the Secretary of State, and
(b)to the local authority in whose area the site is situated,
terminating the designation of the land in question as a special site as from such date as may be specified in the notice.
(5)A notice under subsection (4) above shall not prevent the land, or any of the land, to which the notice relates being designated as a special site on a subsequent occasion.
(6)In exercising its functions under subsection (3) or (4) above, the appropriate Agency shall act in accordance with any guidance given for the purpose by the Secretary of State.]
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