Preliminary Consultation on Revisions to the EIS Guidelines

Preliminary consultation on revisions to the EIS Guidelines, including the:

  • Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements; and
  • Advice Notes on Current Practice (in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements)

 The Environmental Protection Agency is commencing a review of the EIS guidelines, including the Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements as well as the associated Advice Notes on Current Practice (in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements).

The 1992 EPA Act (Section 72) provides for the preparation by the Agency of “guidelines on the information to be contained in environmental impact statements”.  The Guidelines were first published as a Draft in 1995.  By 2002 the Guidelines had been adopted and published - following revision in light of extensive consultation with practitioners about issues and needs arising from experience of the draft Guidelines in use.  The Advice Notes were published in 2003.

The adoption of the new EIA Directive (2014/52/EU) in April this year, combined with lessons and experience arising from EU and Irish court cases, appeals and further experience have led to a decision to update the guidelines.

Experience has taught the value of drawing on the accumulation of wisdom among officials, scientists, practitioners, academics, developers, NGOs and the public to learn about how the guidelines can best fulfil their statutory purpose – while also meeting the day-to-day practical needs of all involved.  The review of the guidelines will take place over a period of some 9 months and an online survey has been created to gather preliminary input from interested parties.

Your participation in this survey, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQMLGG3 would be welcomed.  This is mainly a simple tick box questionnaire which can be completed in as little as a few minutes.  There is also space for further comments, if desired.  All responses received by 12 October 2014 will be carefully considered in the review process and a draft version of the revised guidelines will be made available for comment in some four months’ time.