Environmental regulations

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) allow public access to information held by Anglia Ruskin University that relates directly to the environment.  

They can be found here: Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Environmental information includes information about air, water, soil, land, flora and fauna, energy, noise, waste and emissions. Environmental Information also includes information about decisions, policies and activities that affect the environment.

Anglia Ruskin University will disclose environmental information in most cases as unlike with FOI, there are no absolute exemptions and we would apply a presumption in favour of disclosure. There are, however, a number of exceptions that may be used to refuse a request, subject to the public interest test. These are listed below.

If we do refuse a request, we will provide a full explanation as to why the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) Exceptions

The possible exceptions include:

Reg 12 (4) (a) The Information is not held

Reg 12 (4) (b) The request is manifestly unreasonable

Reg 12 (4) (c) Where the request is considered ‘too general

Reg 12 (4) (d) The request is related to material which is still in the course of completion

Reg 12 (4) (e) Disclosure of Internal Communications

Reg 12 (5) (a) International relations, defence, national security or public safety

Reg 12 (5) (b) The course of justice

Reg 12 (5) (c) Intellectual Property Rights

Reg 12 (5) (d) Confidentiality of Proceedings

Reg 12 (5) (e) Confidentiality of Commercial or Industrial Information

Reg 12 (5) (f) Against the Interests of the Supplier of Information

Reg 12 (5) (g) Protection of the Environment

Reg 13 Personal data

The Information Commissioner has provided a Guide to the Environmental Information Regulations and this can be found by clicking on the following link http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/environmental_information/guide.aspx