Environmental Information Regulations
The Environmental Information Regulations provides legislation that allows anyone to request access to environmental information that we hold.
You have a right of access to environmental information held by us that relate to or affect the environment.
The definition of ‘environmental information’ is wide and covers:
- The state of the elements of the environment, such as air, water, soil, land, fauna (including human beings)
- Emissions and discharges, noise, energy, radiation, waste and other such substances
- Measures and activities such as policies, plans, and agreements affecting or likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment
- Reports, cost-benefit and economic analyses
- The state of human health and safety, contamination of the food chain
- Cultural sites and built structures (to the extent they may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment)
We aim to be as open with our information as we can. In some circumstances environmental information may need to be withheld where there is a very good reason for doing so, or where legislation requires us to restrict access. If we need to withhold, restrict or provide licensed access we will explain why, and explain the steps you can take if you are not satisfied.
The section on how to make a request for information explains how to make a request under the Environmental Information Regulations or any other relevant legislation. You can also look at our Publication Scheme to see what information we routinely publish and how to access it.