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1.Department of Environment and Pollution Control Board- Are they one and the same?

They are different. But both are striving for environmental protection. The Department of Environment is performing several key functions relating to overall environmental amelioration of the State, which include policy formulation, project implementation, programme coordination, appraisal and monitoring. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board is the enforcing authority of the environmental laws by monitoring pollution levels and taking appropriate legal action against the defaulters.

2.What are the duties and responsibilities of Department of Environment?

The Department of Environment has been entrusted with the monitoring of major projects like pollution abatement in the Cauvery River System, pollution abatement in Chennai City Waterways, National Lake Conservation Programme and all aspects of environmental amelioration other than those dealt with by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

3.Please inform whether the Department of Environment has undertaken any study concerning most important environmental issues of Tamil Nadu?

SoE Cell of the Department of Environment has prepared the SoE Report, SoE Atlas, SoE photo and video catalogue of Tamil Nadu.

4.Please inform whether the Department of Environment has issued Citizens' Charter on environment? Can I get a copy?

Citizen's Charter on Environment has been framed.  You can get a hard copy from the Department of Environment, Chennai.  It is also available in the website.

5. For our research we would like to make use of your library. Will you permit?

ENVIS Centre of the Department of Environment has a digitized library. Students, research scholars and public can make use of our library for their research and their reference purposes. Any query related to the State of Environment may be sent to the ENVIS Centre.

6. Can I get an appointment in the Department of Environment?

Recruitments will be made only through the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission or through the employment exchange following the procedure for recruitment to various posts.

7.What are the eligibility norms for applying for grant for conducting awareness activities ?

1) Your Organization should be registered under Societies Act/Trust Act.

2) Social Welfare and environmental activities should be conducted for a minimum period of three years.

3) Your Organization should not be under black list pointed out by the Central/ State Governments.

4) Your Organization should have created an impact on environmental/ social welfare programmes and activities.

8.What are the areas/fields for which financial assistance being given by your department?

Financial assistance are being given for conducting training, workshops on environmental issues.

9. Please inform whether Environment awards are given by your department every year?

Yes. Environmental awards are being given every year on the World Environment Day, (i.e) the 5th of June. The application forms may be downloaded from the Department of Environment website. Wide publicity is also given in the newspapers.

10.Who are eligible for applying for environmental awards?

Any individual or NGO or Institution involved in exemplary work in the field of Environmental Awareness, Protection, Management or Research, is eligible to apply for Environmental awards.

11.What does the department of environment do for the abatement/prevention of pollution of rivers, lakes and ponds?

The Department has been monitoring the centrally sponsored schemes for cleaning the River Cauvery, Vaigai and Tamiraparani along various towns viz., Tiruchy, Kumarapalayam, Bhavani, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Karur, Mayiladuthurai, Madurai and Tirunelveli. Environmental upgradation through bioremediation of Ooty and Kodaikanal Lakes are being undertaken under National Lake Conservation Programme. The activities are being coordinated with the implementing agencies like Metro Water (CMWSSB), Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) and PWD.

12.The sewerage from the neighboring houses stagnates in front of my house. What am I to do to stop them?

A complaint may be given to the local body officials. (City Corporation/ Municipality/Town Panchayat or Panchayat Union)

13.In my town there is a proposal for setting up of an Industrial unit, which will affect the environment. As a citizen, what am I to do?

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board Head Office in Chennai or District Environmental Engineer of your district may be contacted to know the details.

14. Is there any law to protect our Coastal area?

Yes. Coastal Zone is being protected through the implementation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991.

15. I have a piece of land along the coast. Is it possible to know the status of my land in reference to CRZ zonation ?

Town and Country Planning Department/Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) may be approached in this regard. Broad classification of areas coming under CRZ-I, II and III is available in this office. Survey number wise details and FMB sketch may have to be obtained from the VAO. From the above and the HTL map available in the Directorate, the CRZ zonation can be ascertained.

16.What is the procedure to get CRZ clearance?

Apply to the District Collector who is the Chairman of the District Coastal Zone Management Committee in the prescribed application form along with the enclosures required.

17.Please inform whether under the CRZ Notification, is it necessary for an industry established before such notification to get clearance?

It is not necessary to get clearance to those industries which were operating prior to 1991, under CRZ notification provided they have proof for it. But they should get clearance for the following activities:
(a) Expansion of the industries
(b) When there is a change in the scope of the project after 1991.

18.What is ENVIS and its objectives?

ENVIS is a decentralised system with a network of distributed subject oriented Centres ensuring integration of national efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information on State of Environment of Tamil Nadu.

19.What is NGC and its objectives?

NGC stands for National Green Corps which is a  programme to educate children about their immediate environment and impart knowledge about the eco-systems, their inter-dependence and their need for survival, through visits and demonstrations and to mobilise youngsters by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry into environmental problems and involving them in the efforts of environmental preservation.

The main objectives of NGC are

  • To make children understand environment and environmental problems
  • To provide environmental education opportunities for school children
  • To utilize the unique position of school children as conduits for awareness of the society at large
  • To facilitate children’s participation in decision making in areas related to environment and development
  • To bring children into direct contact with the environmental problems facing the society they live in and make them think of solutions

20.Is there any Government Order for making Environment as an Agenda in the 'Grama Sabha' meetings?

Yes. Rural Development Department in its Letter No.104532/2001 dated 28.12.2001, had issued instructions to include solid waste management, desiltation of tanks and ponds and tree planting as an 'Agenda' in the 'Grama Sabha' meetings.

21.What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized environmental management system standard, similar in structure to the ISO 9000 quality management system. ISO 14001 outlines several key requirements to which companies should comply in order to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. The five major elements of EMS requirements are Environmental Policy, Planning, Implementation and operation, Checking and corrective actions and Management review. The advantages to be gained through the implementation of ISO 14001 include risk reduction, cost reduction and increased competitive advantages.

22. Is it safe to keep cooked food articles in poly bags?

It is safe to keep the cooked food articles in white poly bags (unrecycled), while it is not safe to keep the cooked food articles in recycled, coloured poly bags because the coloured poly bags contain chemical pigments which are harmful for health.