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Environmental Information Regulations

What are the Environmental Information Regulations?

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 granted members of the public the right to access environmental information. This is separate from your right under the Freedom of Information Act. Some information may be excepted under the Act, if we apply an exception we will explain why we consider the information free from disclosure.

What Information is Environmental Information?

Environmental Information is a broad term and includes:

  • The state of the elements of the environment - air, water, soil, land, flora and fauna, landscape and natural sites, genetically modified organisms, biological diversity - and the interactions between them
  • Factors affecting or likely to affect environmental elements - energy, noise, radiation, waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment
  • Measures (including administrative measures, policies, legislation, plans, programs and environmental agreements) and activities affecting or likely to affect elements and/or factors
  • The state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by elements
  • Cost benefit and other economic analysis used in environmental decision-making

Charging for Environmental Information

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 we are able to charge for making environmental information available on request. Any charge we choose to make must be reasonable, we can't and won't charge for:

  • Access to public registers or lists
  • Inspection of environmental information

How to make an EIR Request?

Complaints about Environmental Information Regulation Requests

If you are unhappy with the way in which we have dealt with your request or disagree with what we have provided, you can request a review. We will respond to your complaint within 20 working days and if you remain dissatisfied at this stage you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office.

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