Environmental information requests
Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, a member of the public has a certain right of access to environmental information held by us. "Environmental information" means any information in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form on:
(a) the state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms, and the interaction among these elements
(b) factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment referred to in (a)
(c) measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements
(d) reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
(e) cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in (c)
(f) the state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures inasmuch as they are or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in (b) and (c)
Charges are levied to recover costs incurred in providing environmental information using an hourly rate of £56.00.
We have discretion to withold certain types of information, such as: information relating to internal relations, national defence or public security, legal or other proceedings, internal communications, unfinished documents or commercial or industrial confidential information. In the event of information being refused, a full explanation of the reasons for withholding the information will be given in writing.