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The Access to information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations give you the right to access Environmental Information held by, or for, the EPA and other Public Authorities. A decision on your request must normally be made as soon as possible but at the latest one month from the date of receipt of the request.
You can ask for Environmental Information held by, or for, the EPA. Environmental Information is defined in the AIE Regulations and determines what is available under the AIE Regulations.
The environmental information you require may already be available on the EPA's website or at EPA Offices, as described in Public Access to Licensing Files or Public Access to Enforcement Information, If so, you will not have to use the AIE mechanism.
Environmental Information can be held in any material form (including written, visual, aural or electronic) and is defined as follows:
The AIE Regulations do not apply to Environmental Information that is required to be made available under any other statutory provision.
Information that does not come within the scope of the definition of Environmental Information, and which is not already publicly available, as outlined above, may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2014
Write to the AIE Officer, EPA Headquarters, PO Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford or email AIE@epa.ie. In your correspondence you should:
A decision on your request may be to grant, part grant or refuse the information requested and must normally be made within one month.
The Regulations set out mandatory and discretionary grounds for refusal of information. In either case we must specify in writing the reasons for refusal.
Where the information is held by a public authority other than the EPA we will either refer your request directly to the appropriate public authority or advise you the appropriate public authority to whom your request should be directed.
Yes. You may ask the EPA for an internal review by a more senior officer. Your request should be made within one month of receipt of notification of the decision The internal reviewer will inform you of the result of the review within one month.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may ask the Commissioner for Environmental Information to review the matter. Your request for appeal must be made within one month of the date that notification of the internal review decision has been, or was required to be, notified to you.
No fee is charged for the making of a request under the AIE Regulations. No fee is charged for the internal review process.
Fees may be charged for the cost of supplying the information, including the staff costs associated with compiling, copying, printing and posting of the information. The charges will only relate to the supply of the information. Details of the charges, if any, will be advised in the final decision letter.
The EPA has set the charges as follows:
A guide to the functions of, and records held by, the EPA are available in the Freedom of Information Publication Scheme.
If you have any queries the AIE Officer may be contacted by telephone at +353 (0)53 9160600 or emailed at AIE@epa.ie.
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