Environmental Information Regulations

Environmental information

Environmental information has been available to the public since 1992 under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) (updated in 2005). As these regulations come from a European Directive, they have slightly different requirements to the Freedom of Information Act.

However, in most cases we will deal with a request for environmental information in the same way we would for any other information.

What is Environmental Information?

Information in written, visual, oral, electronic, or other material form about:

  1. The state of the elements of the environment (such as air, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites, GMOs, biological diversity) and the interactions between them.
  2. Substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste including radioactive waste, emissions, and discharges into the environment affecting or likely to affect the elements in a)
  3. Measures (including administrative measures, policies, legislation, plans, programmes and environmental agreements) and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors in a) and b)
  4. Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
  5. Cost benefit and other economic analyses used within the measures and activities covered in c)
  6. The state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, contamination of the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by a), b), or c)

How do I request information covered by the EIRs?

The process for requesting environmental information is exactly the same as for information covered by the Freedom of Information Act.

To request information the please contact the freedom of information team

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