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Overview Regarding the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board

With the continuous rise in pollution and depletion of natural resources,the Government of India (GOI) has made it a primary concern to address these issues. The government aims to combat environmental pollutionby enactingspecialised legislation and regulations. The enactment of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 mandated the constitution of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).

The scope of the board limited to water pollution was extended to monitoring all the aspects of environmental pollution once under legislation addressing various environmental issues. Theexecuted legislationsincluded the Air (P and CP) Act, the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977 and the Environmental (Protection) Act (EPA), 1986. Furthermore, the legislation also included rules that are enacted under EPA, like the Noise Pollution (Regulation & Control) Rules, 2000, the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, the Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation) Rules, 2000, Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, Batteries (Management and Handling) Amendment Rules, 2010, Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, Construction & Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016, the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the E-waste Rules 2016 and the Hazardous and Other Wastes Rules, 2016.

Documents required for acquiring Consent Certificates by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board

Documents for Consent to Establish

While the application for a consent certificate is filed under Air and Water Rules, some mandatory documents are to be attached, including:-

For Red/Orange/Green Category: -

  1. Covering requisition letter comprising the status of industry and activities clearly
  2. Site/location plan of the industry
  3. Land/site documents which may include rent or lease agreement
  4. SSI certificate
  5. Attested copy of partnership/Memorandum or Article of Association
  6. Certificate of Revenue Authority/Undertaking that industry is established in an industrial area or allotment letter of the designated authority
  7. Topo sketch
  8. Hazardous waste management details
  9. Schematic diagram
  10. Manufacturing process
  11. Informationon water and wastewater balance
  12. Details of material balance
  13. Auditor's certificate
  14. Consent fee under Water and Air Acts to be paid to TNPCB
  15. Groundwater clearance from the competent authority
  16. Sewage Treatment Plant Proposal
  17. Effluent Treatment Plant Proposal
  18. Air pollution control measures proposal
  19. Risk assessment report/Onsite emergency preparedness plan
  20. Industries included in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) shall also submit environmental clearance (if applicable)
  21. Coastal Regulation Zones (CRZ) clearance from the competent authority

Document required for Consent to Operate

  1. Covering requisition letter comprising the status of industry and activities clearly
  2. Details of the manufacturing process in the form of a flow chart
  3. Proof of date of commissioning of the industry
  4. Compliance report on the No Objection Certificate (NOC)/certificate to establish special conditions under the Act
  5. Completion certificate of Effluent Treatment Plant/Air Pollution Control Devices along with dimensional drawing
  6. Land use classification authorisation as obtained from CMDA/DTCP/LPA
  7. Completion certificate
  8. Audited Balance Sheet
  9. Changes in the effluents from the industry
  10. Changes in the emissions from the industry
  11. Details of manufactured product
  12. Information on amendments in the name of the management/Board of Directors
  13. Analysis report of the wastewater treatment plant
  14. Annual report as stipulated under Hazardous Waste Management Rules

Validity Procedure

Under the Water Act, 1974 and the Air Act, the validity period for the Consent to Establish granted by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board is seven years.This is for all EIA projects,whereas the validityfor all non-EIA projects is five years.Moreover, for Consent to Operate, the validity of consent for industries will be as perthe category of industries.For Orange industries, it will be for ten years and for green ones, it will be for fourteen years.

Renewal Procedure

As per the guidelines stipulated by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), the Red category industries must renew their consent annually. On the other hand, Orange category industries must get consent renewed yearly until the time Effluent Treatment plant and Air Pollution Control measures are operated to the full capacity.Subsequently, it will be once in two years.Also, Green category industries have to get the renewal once in two years.

The renewal application is to be made within 60 days before the expiry of the consent certificate to the District Officer, along with consent fees.

Procedure for acquiring Consent Certificate from TNPCB

The procedure for obtaining a consent certificate from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) is regulated under the Water Act and the Air Act, 1981. It involves the following steps - 

Filing an application

Manufacturers in the large, medium, and small-scale sectors must submit their applications in the manner specified, along with information on their sites, registration certificates, etc. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board must receive this completed application, the required paperwork, and any associated payments.

Review of application


Furthermore, after the submission, the application and the attached documents are scrutinised by the Tamil Nadu state-level consent committee or concerned District Officer as per the stipulated guidelines.


Reviewing the application is followed by an inspection by an official of TNPCB. When it is concluded, the inspection report is framed.

Grant of Certificate

At last, when the inspection report is up to the criteria set by the state-level Consent Committee, the manufacturer is granted the consent certificate.

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