CPCB modifies the mechanism for granting consent to the categories of industries/projects
The Central Pollution Control Board (“CPCB”), has issued a circular dated 2nd February, 2017, thereby revising the grant of consents of various categories of industries under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
Earlier, on 7th March, 2016, the CPCB had categorized the industrial sectors under Red/ Orange/Green/White categories. This was done on the basis of the relative pollution potential of the industries sectors and grouping of the industrial sectors based on the use of raw materials, manufacturing process adopted and pollutants likely to be generated.
Pursuant to the same, by virtue of the circular dated 2nd February, 2017, the CPCB has modified the mechanism for granting consent to the categories of industries/projects as listed below:
1. White Category industries do not need to obtain Consents. Information to the concerned State Pollution Control Board (“SPCB”) would be sufficient.
2. A facility of combined consent for Establishment and Operation has been made available to the Green Category Industries irrespective of their sizes i.e; large/medium/small. In such cases, the Industry would be required to provide an undertaking regarding the expected date of start-up of production and intimate the SPCB /PCC at least 15 days in advance before the start of commercial production.
3. Building/Construction Projects /Area Development Projects Township Projects are exempted to obtain Consent to Establish. For such projects environment clearances will suffice subject to the condition that should be a permanent member form SPCB in the State Level EIA Authority to represent the views of SPCB.
4. Also, all projects requiring Environmental Clearance (“EC”) either from the State Level EIA Authority or MoEFFC may be exempted from obtaining the Consent to Establish. Such projects may be directly granted Consent to Operate, subject to EC and installation of pollution control devices.
5. The definition of Micro Medium and Small Enterprises (MSME) will be as per the MSME Act, 2006 and the fee structure would be accordingly applicable.
Source: Central Pollution Control Board