Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004
The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 apply to Scottish Public Authorities and give the public rights to see information related to the environment.
There are two main requirements:
- Environmental information should be made available on request
- Certain types of environmental information should be actively disseminated
The Regulations are governed by the Scottish Information Commissioner, who is also responsible for the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. A guidance note comparing the two pieces of legislation is available on the Scottish Information Commissioner website.
Definition of Environmental Information
'Environmental Information' can be defined as recorded information in any form in any of the following areas:
- The state of elements of the environment and their interaction (air, water, soil, land and landscape, natural sites, flora and fauna)
- Discharges, emissions, noise, radiation, waste
- Measures and activities affecting the environment (e.g. policies, legislation, plans, activities)
- Reports on implementation of environmental legislation
- Cost benefit and economic analysis
- Effects of the environment on conditions of human life (including flood, buildings)
Environmental Information and Dumfries and Galloway Council
The Council has combined the procedure for responding to requests for Environmental Information with the procedure for requests made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. All requests for information under the Environmental Information Regulations should be made to the Information Management and Complaints Unit using the contact details below: