The Environmental Information Regulations give you a general right of access to environmental information held by public authorities, including the BGS. As with the FOI, the EIR set out exemptions to that right and place obligations on public authorities such as the BGS. Under EIR, any member of the public can apply for access to environmental information held by public sector bodies.
Requests for environmental information under EIR can be made verbally or in writing (hard copy/electronic) and BGS will respond in writing. We may contact you if a request is considered too general, to try to determine what information is required.
The time limit for us to deal with your request for information is 20 working days. We can make a reasonable charge for providing you with environmental information under EIR. Information on our charges can be obtained through Enquiries.
Under EIR, there are a number of exemptions, which may mean we cannot provide you with the environmental information requested. If this happens, we will explain our decision in a refusal notice. This may involve an explanation of the reasons why it is in the public interest to withhold the information.
If we do not hold the information you request, we will do our best to forward your request (with your permission) to another public authority that does hold it.
If you are dissatisfied with the way we deal with your request, you can apply to our internal complaints procedure, through Enquiries. You must apply in writing within 40 working days of receipt of our refusal notice. We will respond to your complaint within 40 working days and, if you are still dissatisfied with our response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner.