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Nov 10 2009

Rights to environmental information

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At the talk I gave on this subject to the conference on environmental justice organised by the Environmental Law Centre last Monday, I promised to post a synopsis of the issues discussed, and the handouts on ambit and on appeal routes, here.

The background

There has since 2005 been a general right to freedom of information held by or on behalf of public authorities in the United Kingdom. The right to access to environmental information, however, long predates this, going back to Directive 90/313/EEC and its implementing regulations; although the scheme now in force, Directive 2003/4/EC and its implementing regulations, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 is tighter1, the basic scheme has been in place since 1992. Nevertheless, this scheme has attracted far less attention than the general scheme of the two Freedom of Information Acts, the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, which only came into force thirteen years later. Continue Reading »

  1. Following the Aarhus Convention of 1998. See this paper for a survey from an Irish perspective. [back]

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