Borough Council of Wellingborough

Freedom of Information Act

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Environmental Information Regulations

The Environmental Informations Regulations 2004 (EIR) came into force on 1 January 2005 and apply to environmental information held by public authorities.

The Six Main Areas

EIR requests fall under six main areas:

  • The state of the elements of the environment, such as air, water, soil, land and fauna (including people).
  • Emissions and discharges (gases and fluids), noise, energy, radiation, waste and other such substances.
  • Measures and activities such as policies, plans, and agreements affecting or likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment.
  • Reports, cost-benefit and economic analyses.
  • The state of human health and safety and contamination of the food chain.
  • Cultural sites and built structures (as they may be affected by environmental factors).

Making an EIR request

EIR requests can be made in the same way as Freedom of Information requests, although there are some differences:

  • EIR requests do not have to be specifically made in writing.
  • Requests are required to be answered within 20 days but this can be extended to 40 days for complex requests.