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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FER0230659
  • Date: 17 February 2009
  • Public Authority: Environment Agency
  • Summary: The complainant wrote to the Environment Agency to request information regarding the Hendon Sewage Treatment Works. The Environment Agency refused the request under section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the grounds that it was vexatious. The complainant subsequently complained to the Commissioner who found that the request was for environmental information and therefore should have been administered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). The Commissioner has investigated the complaint and found that the public authority was not obliged to comply with the request as it was manifestly unreasonable under regulation 12(4)(b). By failing to deal with the request under the EIR the public authority breached regulation 14(2) and 14(3) but the Commissioner requires no steps to be taken. Information Tribunal appeal number EA/2009/0018 dismissed.
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