Professor Robert Lee Lifts Lid on Benefits on Commercially Available Environmental Data
An article*, written by environmental lawyer and acknowledged expert on contaminated land and waste management, Professor Robert Lee, has found that recent legal rulings have 'transformed processes of risk governance in land transfer and related forms of transaction to the point which the restriction of information to commercial providers of information is…contrary to the public good'.
In one of the cases referenced within the paper, Smartsource v Information Commissioner, the Upper Tribunal ruled that privatised water utility companies are not subject to requirements of the relevant regulations allowing access to information on the environment. This ruling has raised serious questions about the obligation Private companies have to provide public access to environmental information. Click here to read on.