Environmental information has been available to the public since 1992 under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) (updated in 2005).
Environmental Information is information in written, visual, oral, electronic, or other material form about:
- the state of the elements of the environment (such as air, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites, genetically modified organisms and, biological diversity) and the interactions between them
- substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste including radioactive waste, emissions, and discharges into the environment affecting or likely to affect the elements in point 1 above
- measures (including administrative measures, policies, legislation, plans, programmes and environmental agreements) and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors in points 1 and 2
- reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
- cost:benefit and other economic analyses used within the measures and activities covered in point 3
- the state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, contamination of the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by points 1,2 and 3