The Freedom of Information Act establishes the right of every citizen and resident to receive information from a public authority, subject to the exceptions set out in the Act. The exceptions are designed to protect rights and deserved interests such as national security, privacy, trade secrets, and trademarks.
The act specifies who is entitled to receive information, what types of information should mandatorily or optionally be provided, the description of information content, the discretion a public authority should exert when providing information, as well as instructions, guidelines, and procedures regarding application procedures and handling.
Article 6A of the Act states that "A public authority shall make all environmental information in its possession available to the public on the website of said public authority, if one is in existence, and in other ways set forth by the Minister of Environmental Protection. In this context, 'Environmental Information' includes information on substances emitted, spilled , disposed of, or released to the environment, and measurement results of noise, smell, and radiation excluding those taken on private property”.
By virtue of this section, the Minister of Environmental Protection has issued the Freedom of Information Regulations (provision of environmental information available to the public), 2009.
The officer in charge of the Freedom of Information Act
The Director of the Public Appeals Unit is also in charge of Freedom of Information.
Orna Peretz, Director of Public Appeals, Tel. 09-8603262, 09-8606538, Fax: 09-8870084, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 4 Stampfer street, Netanya
Fee payment for requested information can be made by mailing a check or by returning a payment voucher sent by the unit manager pursuant to a request.