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2 Access to environmental information
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 require public authorities progressively to make available environmental information to the public by electronic means. They must take reasonable steps to organise the environmental information they hold with a view to its active and systematic dissemination to the public (Reg. 4).
This information must be made available, upon request, as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the request is received (Reg. 5) although extensions to this time are possible (Reg. 7). A reasonable charge may be made when information is requested, but no charge may be made for access to public registers or for viewing information at a place which the authority makes available for the purpose (Reg. 8).
The Scottish Regulations provide for similar arrangements.
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