Access To Information On The Environment
Access To Information On The Environment (A.I.E.)
You are entitled to request access to information on the environment that is held by the Local Authority. This right is provided for in Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and given effect to in the EC (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations, 2007 – 2011 (the AIE Regulations).
How to Request Environmental Information
Submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that the application is being made under the A.I.E. Regulations 2007 - 2011 and send it to the address below. Please provide contact details and state, in terms as specific as possible, the environmental information required and specify the form and manner of access desired.
Longford County Council has a duty to reply to you within one month of receiving your application.
Categories of Information you can access.
The Directive covers information held in written, visual, oral, 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 and other releases into the environment.
3. Measures such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to above in 1. and 2.
4. Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation.
5. Analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect elements of the environment.
6. The state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by the elements of the environment referred to in 1, 2. and 3. above.
Please note: Article 4(1) provides that the A.I.E. Regulation do not apply to environmental information that is required to be made available under any other statutory provision, for inspection or otherwise, to the public.
Is there a charge to access environmental information?
In general, environmental information will be supplied without charge as long as the costs involved to the Local Authority are not significant. Where costs to the Local Authority are deemed to be significant a “reasonable” charge will apply See Fee Schedule for more information.
Volume of Requests.
Right of Appeal
If a request is refused wholly or partially or otherwise not dealt with properly internal review may be sought not later than one month after receipt of notification of original decision.
To request an internal review, write to the Council at the address below.
There is a further right of appeal to the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information, 18 Lower Lesson St, Dublin 2.
To make a request or for more information, contact:
Longford County Council
Corporate Services Department
Aras an Chontae
Great Water Street
Read a copy of the AIE guidelines (PDF 153Kb, from enviro.ie)
Read a copy of the AIE regulations 2007 (PDF 470Kb, from enviro.ie)
Visit the Information Commissioner's website for Access to Information on the Environment