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4.—(1) A Scottish public authority shall take reasonable steps to organise and keep up to date the environmental information, relevant to its functions, which it holds and at least the types of information listed in paragraph (2), with a view to the active and systematic dissemination of that information to the public and shall make that information progressively available to the public by electronic means unless it was collected before 14th February 2003 and is not available in electronic form.
(2) The types of information referred to in paragraph (1) are–
(a)texts of international treaties, conventions or agreements, and of Community, national, regional or local legislation, on the environment or relating to it;
(b)policies, plans and programmes relating to the environment;
(c)progress reports on the implementation of the items referred to in sub paragraphs (a) and (b) when prepared or held by a Scottish public authority in electronic form;
(d)reports on the state of the environment;
(e)data or summaries of data derived from the monitoring of activities that affect or are likely to affect the environment;
(f)authorisations with a significant impact on the environment and environmental agreements or a reference to the place where such information can be requested or found;
(g)environmental impact studies and risk assessments concerning those elements of the environment referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of “environmental information” in regulation 2(1); and
(h)facts and analyses of facts which the authority considers relevant and important in framing major environmental policy proposals.
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