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Types of Information

The following types of information can be classified as environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

A. Information on the state of the elements of the environment
The legal definition of 'elements of the environment' includes the air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, and biological diversity and its components including genetically modified organisms. This category also includes information about interaction between the elements (for example, coastal erosion).
B. Information on factors affecting the elements of the environment
'Factors' include substances, energy, noise, radiation and waste (including radioactive waste), emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment that affect or are likely to affect the elements of the environment referred to in A.
C. Information on measures and activities affecting the environment or the factors affecting it
'Measures' include policies, legislation, plans, programmes and environmental agreements which affect or could affect the elements and factors referred to in A and B. This also includes measures and activities that are designed to protect those elements.
D. Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
This helps to create better public awareness on how and why environmental legislation is implemented.
E. Associated economic information
Specifically, cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used to calculate the effects of the measures or activities referred to in C above.
F. Information on the state of human health and safety
This includes issues related to food safety, the conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures, but only to the extent that they are affected or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in A above or by the factors, measures or activities covered in B and C above.

Legislation

United Kingdom

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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