Functions & Priorities

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The function of the Board is to enforce the provisions of the following Acts, Rules and Directives issued by the Authorities from time to time.
  • The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
  • The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977
  • The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
    • The Environment Protection Act, 1986, various relevant Rules notified thereof:
    • The Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989;
    • The Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989;
    • The Coastal Zone Regulation -Declaration Notification, 1991;
    • The Environmental Clearance [including EIA - Environment, Impact Assessment] for expansion/modernisation of activity or new projects Procedure Notification, 1994;
    • The Environment Public Hearing Rules, 1997;
    • The Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998;
    • The Rules for the Manufacture, Use, Import, Export and Storage of Hazardous micro-organism
    • Genetically Engineered Organism Cell, 1989;
    • Plastics Manufacture, Sale & Usage Rules-1999 as amended 2003;
    • Utilisation of Fly Ash - Notification of Directions, 1999;
    • The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000;
    • The Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000;
    • The Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000;
    • The Batteries (Management & Handling) Rules, 2001
  • The Environmental Audit Scheme, 1996.
  • The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991.

  In accordance with the provisions of the above Acts and Rules the Board is carrying out following activities.
  • Promotion of cleanliness of wells and streams in different areas of the State.
  • Issuing directives for pollution control measures to the polluting units.
  • Prevention, control and abatement of air pollution in the State and improvement in the ambient air quality.
  • Advising the State Government on any matter concerning prevention and control of water and air pollution.
  • Approving judicious location of new industries from pollution control point of view.
  • Promotion of re-use and re-cycle of sewage and trade effluent on land for irrigation.
  • Carrying out monitoring of rivers of the State.
  • Carrying out monitoring of the major cities of the State.
  • Collection and compilation of technical and statistical data relating to water and air pollution.
  • Laying down standards for the discharge of liquid effluent and gaseous emission.
  • Developing methods of treatment of effluent and air pollution control equipment.
  • Identification of site for the disposal of hazardous wastes.
  • Organising training programmes, seminars and workshops regarding pollution control.
  • Creating awareness in the public regarding environmental pollution control.

The area and activities deserving priority are as under:

  • Identification of locations in the State having severe pollution problems and minimising pollution in these areas with the help of suitable treatment of effluent and /or disposal of the effluent at a safe location through concerned agencies / authorities.
  • Identification and development of sites for the disposal of hazardous wastes.
  • Identification of major air polluting agencies and enforcement of provisions of the Air Act for the control of air emissions.
  • Proper selection of the sites for new industrial projects.
  • Common facilities for the collection, treatment and disposal of the effluent in the industrial estates.
  • Identification, development and adoption of clean production technologies.
  • Minimising discharge of effluent into streams and water bodies and promotion of re-cycling and re-use of treated effluent on land for irrigation and development of green belts.