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Environmental Information Regulations


Planning and environmental law

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10 October 2011

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156mm
256 pages

Environmental Information Regulations
A Practical Guide

Susan Wolf


This comprehensive guide provides much-needed coverage of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which impose obligations on a wide range of organisations and bodies.

Written by an expert in the field, the book is aimed at information rights practitioners and those in public authorities charged with making decisions about the disclosure of environmental information. It provides valuable guidance for applicants and prospective applicants. The coverage includes:

  • an outline of the background and purpose of the Regulations with reference to the Aarhus Convention and the EU Council Directive 2003/4 on Public Access to Environmental Information
  • examination of the Regulations' provisions, including the DEFRA and other relevant guidelines
  • discussion of the practical aspects of the Regulations including the definition of environmental information, the bodies subject to obligations, time limits, fees and charges, and exceptions to the duty to disclose
  • analysis of the relationship between the Environmental Information Regulations and related legislative provisions such as the Freedom of Information Act and the Contaminated Land and Town and Country Planning Public Registers
  • all relevant case law and decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal.


"Clearly written and accessible to both beginners and experienced information practitioners"

Phillip Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers


1. Introduction and background to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
2. Overview of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
3. The definition of environmental information;
4. Bodies subject to the EIR 2004;
5. The active dissemination of environmental information;
6. Handling requests for environmental information;
7. The exceptions to disclosure (1);
8. The adversely affects exceptions;
9. The EIR and personal data;
10. The enforcement provisions of the EIR;
11. Other sources of environmental information and the Public Registers.

About the Author

Susan Wolf is Principal Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Northumbria, where she teaches the Access to Environmental Information module on the LLM in Information Rights. She is a contributor to the Information Sharing Handbook (Law Society, 2009) and the leading author of Stanley and Wolf on Environmental Law.

With a contribution by Andrew Watson, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Northumbria.