The Freedom of Information Act 2014 gives you the right to access records held by the EPA and other state organisations. You don't have to give a reason why you want to see these records. A decision on your request must normally be made within four weeks.
You can ask for the following records held by the EPA:
- Any records relating to you personally, whenever they were created
- All other records created after 21 April, 1998
A record can be a paper document, information held on computer, printouts, maps, microfiche, audio-visual material, etc.
As required by the Act, the EPA has provided an FOI Publication Scheme. The scheme is a guide to the functions and records of the EPA and detail the rules and practices of the EPA in relation to any decisions made under schemes affecting the public.
The Access to information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations give you the right to access Environmental Information held by, or for, the EPA and other Public Authorities. A decision on your request must normally be made as soon as possible but at the latest one month from the date of receipt of the request.
Environmental Information can be held in any material form (including written, visual, aural or electronic) and is defined as follows:
- 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,
- 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,
- 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,
- reports on the implementation of environmental legislation,
- cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in paragraph (c), and
- 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);