TNPCB issues consent to new industries in two stages. Consent to establish is issued depending upon the suitability of the site before the industry takes up the construction activities and consent to operate is issued after installation of pollution control measures by the unit to satisfy the standards.
TNPCB issues show cause notices, takes legal actions and also issues directions for closure, stoppage of power supply, water supply etc., against erring industries / agencies for non-compliance of pollution control legislations, conditions and standards.
TNPCB has delegated the power to the field officers for close monitoring. The Joint Chief Environmental Engineer/ District Environmental Engineers / Assistant Environmental Engineers are empowered to issue/renew consent to orange and green category industries and to renew for red small category industries. They are also empowered to issue show cause notices to all the industries.
TNPCB plays a catalytic role in the implementation of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) for small scale units like tanneries, textile dyeing units etc., located in clusters.
TNPCB is taking effective steps for safe disposal of hazardous wastes and has completed the inventory of hazardous waste generating units and also identified sites for disposal of hazardous wastes.
TNPCB creates environmental awareness in the State through the Environmental Training Institute , Environmental Awareness Cell, Environmental Awareness Programme, Environmental Pavilion constructed at the Periyar Science and Technology Centre (Chennai), NGO Cell, Publishing of Newsletters/Pamphlets on environmental issues, etc.