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Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 ("the Regulations") came fully into force on the 1 January 2005. The aim of the Regulations is to make public bodies more open and accountable, by creating a right for any person to request any environmental information held by them (subject to exceptions).

As a public body, the Council is subject to the Regulations and is committed to complying with them. This policy document sets out the Council's aspirations in respect of the Regulations and the arrangements it has put in place to comply with them.

Any person may request any environmental information held by the Council (subject to exceptions). ‘Environmental Information’ is defined in the Regulations and includes information about the air, atmosphere, water, soil, land, the built environment, natural sites and factors that affect the environment such as energy, noise, emissions and waste. The definition is very wide and the Council will ensure that all requests for environmental information are dealt with in accordance with the Regulations. Requests made under the Freedom of Information Act will be dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations where the request is for environmental information.