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TAMIL NADU POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD

 
 

 

THE AIR (PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF POLLUTION) ACT, 1981, AS AMENDED IN 1987

Salient Features


Section 17

Empowers the Board to lay down emission, noise level and ambient air quality standards in consultation with Central Pollution Control Board.

Section 19

Entire State of Tamil Nadu has been declared as air pollution control area by the State Government.

Section 21

Requires the industries to obtain the consent from the Board to establish/ operate the unit in the air pollution control area.

Section 22

Prohibits the emission of pollutants in excess of the standards laid down by the Board.

Section 22A

Empowers the Board to seek intervention of Court to restrain emissions exceeding the standards.

Section 23

Requires the industries to furnish information on the emissions in excess of the standards laid down by the Board, to the Board,the Collector of the District, the Revenue Divisional Officer, the Executive Authority of the Local body and the nearest Police Station.

Section 26

Empowers the collection of samples of air or emissions from any chimney, stack, flue or duct or any other outlet.

Section 31

Provides for appeal against the orders of the Board under Section21. Appeal has to be made to the Appellate Authority, within thirty days from the date of communication of the order.

Section 31 A

Empowers the Board to issue direction for closure, prohibition or regulation of any industry, operation or process or the stoppage or regulation of supply of electricity, water or any other service.

Section 37

Failure to comply with the provisions of section 21 (or) section 22 or directions issued under section 31A is punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and six months, but which may extend to six years and with fine.

Continued offence is punishable with an additional fine which may extend to five thousand rupees for every day during which such failure continues. If the offence continues beyond one year after the date of conviction, the offence is punishable with imprisonment which shall not be less than two years but which may extend to seven years and with fine.

Section 38   

Offences like furnishing false information, non-furnishing information is punishable with imprisonment upto 3 months and a fine upto 10,000 rupees or both.

 

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