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"Environmental Information" covers a broad range of topics, such as:
the environment itself, including air, water, earth, and the habitats of animals and plants;
other things that affect the environment, such as emissions, radiation, noise and other forms of pollution;
policies, plans and laws on the environment.
#Examples of Environmental Information
levels of chlorine in swimming pools;
water and air-quality test reports;
genetically modified crops;
air conditioning systems in public buildings.
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What is environmental information?
What is environmental information?
The Freedom of Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (S.L. 549.39) have directly incorporated the definition of environmental information from the European Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental information (which in turn closely follows, but expands upon, the definition in the Convention).
It is important to understand the distinction between environmental information that would fall within the scope of the Regulations, and personal data, which falls under the Data Protection Act 2001, in order to deal with requests/complaints lawfully.
The following aims to provide an understanding as to what constitutes environmental information, however, it should be noted that this guidance is not intended to be exhaustive.
As per Article 2 of the above regulations, '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 paragraph (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 paragraphs (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 paragraph (c); and
(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 paragraph (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c)
The Regulations do this in two ways:
public authorities must make environmental information available proactively;members of the public are entitled to request environmental information from public authorities.
The Regulations cover any recorded information held by public authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Environmental information held by Scottish public authorities is covered by the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
Public authorities include government departments, local authorities, the NHS, police forces and universities. The Regulations also cover some other bodies that do public work that affects the environment. For simplicity, all organisations subject to the Regulations are referred to as ‘public authorities’ in this guide.
The Regulations apply only to the environmental information held by public authorities. The Freedom of Information Act gives people access to most other types of information held by public authorities.
The Regulations and the Freedom of Information Act do not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves), such as their health records or credit reference files. Individuals have a right of access to information held about them under the Data Protection Act 1998.