Environmental Information Regulations 2004
What are the Environmental Information Regulations?
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) came into effect on 1 January 2005. EIR is administered by the Information Commissioners Office alongside the existing Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts. EIR require the College to respond to verbal or written requests for environmental information relating to our activities.
What is Environmental Information?
Information about air, water, soil, land, flora and fauna, energy, noise, waste and emissions
Any decisions, measure and activities affecting or likely to affect any of the above
Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
Financial and cost benefit analysis used in relation to the above
Information about human health and food chain, built structures and cultural sites.
The College must respond to any requests in writing as soon as possible but no later than 20 working days after receipt of the request. (This can be extended to 40 days for very complex requests).
Requests can be made by anyone and an explanation of the why the request is being made does not have to be given. A charge may be made if the information is not already publicly available.