Access to Information on the Environment

Access to Information on the Environment

You are entitled to request access to information on the environment that is held by us.

    The right to access this information comes from 

    • Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament, the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 133 of 2007) and
    • the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 662 of 2011) as amended by the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014. 

    How to Request Environmental Information

    To submit a request, write us a letter that outlines the type of information you want and send it to:

    Corporate Services
    Meath County Council

    Buvinda House
    Dublin Road
    Navan
    County Meath
    C15 Y291

    or email aie@meathcoco.ie

    Note: Make sure to state that you are seeking access to information under 'Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007 to 2014’.

    We will reply to within 1 month of receiving your application.

    If you would like with your application or need further information please contact us.

    Categories of Information you can Access

    The Directive covers information held in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form. There are 6 categories of information within this Directive:

    1. The state of the elements of the environment, e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity 
    2. Factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste, other releases into the environment
    3. Measures designed to protect the elements of the environment, e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements 
    4. Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation 
    5. Analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment 
    6. The state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment

    Charges

    We may apply charges for photocopying of documents. Charges will be on the same basis as those currently applied under the Freedom of Information Acts i.e.

    1. Photocopy : €0.04 per A4 page 
    2. CD: €10.16

    Right of Appeal

    If you are not satisfied with the response to your letter, you can request an internal review to a Higher Officer within Meath County Council.

    To request an internal review, write to us or email us.

    If you are not satisfied with the response from the Higher Officer, you can then contact the Office of the Information Commissioner to submit an appeal.

    Visit the website of the Office of the Information Commissioner.

    Regulations

    S.I. No. 133/2007 

    S.I. No. 662/2011

    Useful Websites 

    Department of Planning Housing and and Local Government website - Access to Information on the Environment

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    The Information Commissioner's website for Access to Information on the Environment