The main functions of the TNPCB
under the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of
Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of
Pollution) Act, 1981 are as follows
To plan a
comprehensive programme for the prevention, control and abatement of
water and air pollution.
To advise the State
Government on any matter concerning the prevention, control or
abatement of water and air pollution.
To collect and
disseminate information relating to water and air pollution and the
prevention, control or abatement thereof.
To inspect sewage and
trade effluent treatment plants for their effectiveness and review
plans, specifications for corrective measures.
To inspect industrial
plants or manufacturing process, any control equipment and to give
directions to take steps for the prevention, control or abatement of
To inspect air
pollution control areas for the purpose of assessment of quality of
air therein and to take steps for the prevention, control or
abatement of air pollution in such areas.
To lay down, modify
or annual effluent standards for the sewage and trade effluents and
for the emission of air pollutants into the atmosphere from
industrial plants and automobiles or for the discharge of any air
pollutant into the atmosphere from any other source.
To evolve best
economically viable treatment technology for sewage and trade
To collect samples of
sewage and trade effluents and emissions of air pollutants and to
analyze the same for specific parameters.
To collaborate with
Central Pollution Control Board in organizing the training of
persons engaged or to be engaged in programme relating to
prevention, control or abatement of water and air pollution and to
organise mass education programme relating thereto.
To perform such other
functions as may be prescribed by the State Government or Central
Pollution Control Board.