Environmental Information Regulations

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) gives you a right of access to environmental information held by the Service. Access to this information will encourage greater awareness of issues that affect the environment, helping to increase public participation in decision-making and making public bodies more accountable and transparent.

Environmental information can be any of the following:

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); 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 (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in (b) and (c);

There may be exceptions to providing you with all information requested.

How to get information

As part of our duty as a public authority, we publish information on our website, which is the main way we like to keep you informed. We keep and maintain a publication scheme, so you may find what you are looking for there.

If you can't find the information you want on our website then you can: