The Minister shall establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of information relating to the negotiation, implementation and compliance of Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
The Department of Environmental Planning and Protection shall develop and implement a protocol for formal communication of environmental information and disseminate environmental information and policies to the general public.
Emergencies: Where the Director reasonably believes that a spill or accidental release of a pollutant, hazardous substance or hazardous waste or the threat of such spill or accidental release presents a threat to human health or the environment, the Director shall in coordination with other relevant government agencies notify in such manner as may be effective any person or category of persons who may be adversely affected by such spill or accidental release.
An Environmental Registry is established with records from permits, certificates, annual reports, and information concerning this Act, among others. A person may during the normal working hours of the Department and of payment of the prescribed fee inspect any record contained in the Registry and obtain from the Director a certified copy of any document contained in the Registry. The information is public unless its disclosure would be contrary to the public interest or is subject to a trade secret or confidentiality claim. The Director shall provide a written explanation of any refusal to make information available when requested by a person under this Section.
The Director shall maintain within the Environmental Registry data on the sources of water, air and noise pollution, particularly data that identifies the quantity, conditions or concentrations relevant to the identification of each pollutant.