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Environmental information requests

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations (EIRs) came into force on 1 January 2005. This means that the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) has a duty to make environmental information available on request.

What counts as environmental information?

The definition of environmental information is very wide and is defined in the EIRs as information which relates to:
  • the state of elements of the environment – such air, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites, flora and fauna, including GMOs, wildlife and biological diversity – and it includes any interaction between them

  • the state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures, which are, or are likely to be, affected by the state of the elements of the environment and the interaction between them
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  • any factor such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases affecting, or likely to affect, the state of the elements of environment or any interaction between them

  • measures and activities affecting, or likely to affect, or intended to protect the state of the elements of the environment and the interaction between them. This includes administrative measures, policies, legislation, plans, programmes and environmental agreements

  • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation

  • cost benefit and other economic analyses used in environmental decision making

Making an EIR request
Requests for environmental information contained in our archives can be made using the usual historical request procedures. To make an EIR request relating to information held in the NAS's corporate records please contact the Freedom of Information Officer.

The Freedom of Information Officer
The National Archives of Scotland
HM General Register House
2 Princes Street


Telephone: +44 (0)131 535 1371

We will respond to your request in 20 working days. The 20 day time period for responding to requests can be extended to 40 days where the request is complex and voluminous and would involve a considerable amount of work.

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