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1 Industry 3 Exemption miscellaneous 22 Apr 2022 F. No. 22-76/2017-IA.III(Part) [E1783 14] Exemption Applicability of the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 for manufacturing of Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulphonic Acid (LABSA) - reg. The Ministry has been receiving representations from different project proponents seeking clarification on applicability of EIA Notification 2006 on manufacturing of Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulphonic Acid (LABSA). Manufacture of LABSA is not covered under the provisions of 5(f) of the Schedule to EIA Notification, 2006.
2 All sector Clarification miscellaneous 11 Apr 2022 F.No.IA3-22/10/2022-IA.III (E 177258) Clarification Guidelines for granting Environmental Clearance (EC) under para 7(ii) of EIA notification , 2006 for expansion upto 50% ,within the existing premises, mine lease area, without additional land acquisition The matters have been further examined in the Ministry with the objective of bringing about uniformity and consistency in consideration of projects under Para 7(ii)(a) by concerned Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC)/ State level EACs across all states. Accordingly, the Ministry deems it necessary to issue a guideline to deal with expansion proposals which are received under para 7(ii)(a) of EIA Notification, 2006 in respect of the developmental projects listed in the Schedule to the said notification seeking prior-EC involving expansion with increase in production capacity within the existing premises/ mine lease area; or expansion dueto modernization of an existing unit through change in process and or technology or involving a change in the product—mix; or enhancement of cargo handling capacity in ports & harbors, widening of roads; or enhancement in built-up area, subject to the fulfilment of the following criteria: i. The project should have gone through the public hearing process, at least once, for its existing EC capacity on which expansion is being sought, except those category of projects which have been exempted as per para 7 III (i) of EIA Notification 2006 and its amendments. ii. There should not be change in Category of the project from 'B2' to 'B1' or 'A' due to proposed modernisation or expansion. iii. There is no additional land acquisition or forest land diversion involved for the proposed expansion or there is no increase in lease area with regard to mining vis-a-vis the area mentioned in the EC, based on which public hearing has been held earlier. iv. The proposed expansion shall not be more than 50% of production capacity as mentioned in the prior EC, issued on the basis of public hearing held and the same shall be allowed in minimum three phases. v. Predicted environmental quality parameters arising out of proposed expansion /modernization shall be within the prescribed norms and the same shall be maintained as per prescribed norms. vi. The proposed expansion should not result in reduction in the greenbelt area as stipulated in the earlier EC, or if the existing ratio of greenbelt is more than 33%, after expansion it should not reduce below 33%. vii. The project proponent should have satisfactorily complied the conditions stipulated in the existing EC(s) and satisfactorily fulfilled all the commitments made during the earlier public hearing/consultation proceedings and also the commitments given while granting previous expansion, as may be applicable. This shall be duly recorded in the certified compliance report issued by the IRO/CPCB/SPCB, which should not be more than one year old at the time of submission of application. viii. | Public Consultation shall be undertaken [if applicable as per table below] by obtaining response in writing, as per para 7 III (ii) (b) of EIA Notification 2006, except those category of projects which have been exempted as per para 7 III (i) of EIA Notification 2006 and its amendments. ix. Effluent monitoring including air quality monitoring systems as specified in the existing EC, if stipulated, should have been installed. Ministry adopted Para 4 (i) to (viii) above, following procedure shall be adopted for processing the application for considering expansion of proposed project up to 50% of capacity as mentioned in the existing EC, in minimum three phases under para 7(ii)(a) of EIA Notification, 2006.
3 All sector Clarification Forest Land and Wild Life 11 Apr 2022 F.No. IA3-22/10/2022-IA. III [E 177258] FC Clarification on calculating the validity of prior Environmental Clearance (EC) granted under the provisions of EIA Notification 2006, which involve forest land - Regarding. The matter has been examined in the Ministry and it has been observed that there is a need to rationalise the impact of the time taken in obtaining Stage —II FC, on the validity of EC. In this context, it has been decided that the time taken for obtaining stage-II FC, after the grant of EC, may not be considered as a part of the EC validity up to a maximum period of two years, so as not to compromise with the environmental safeguards. In this regard, it is hereby directed that, for the projects which involve forest land and require Stage-I and Stage-II FC under the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, the validity period of the prior EC granted [after stage-I FC], shall be reckoned from the date of grant of Stage-II FC, or a maximum period of two years, whichever is less
4 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation miscellaneous 29 Mar 2022 F.No.IA3-22/10/2022-IA.III (E 177258) Miscellaneous Procedure to be followed by the project proponent while surrendering the prior Environment Clearances accorded byMoEF&CC/SEIAA for developmental projects - reg. Any Project Proponent relating to schedule 3, 4, 5, 6, 7(d), 7(da), 7(h), 7(i) and 8(a) abandons the Project or Activity for which prior EC was granted, the project proponent has to submit an application in the prescribed form along with requisite documents through PARIVESH to the concerned Competent Authority for surrendering the respective EC. The application shall be considered as per the flowchart enclosed herewith depending upon the implementation status of the project or activity
5 All sector Clarification Interim Operational Guidelines (applicability of EIA Notification, 2006, validity of EC and status of land acquisition) 29 Mar 2022 F. No. IA3-22/10/2022-IA.III [E 177258] Land documents Clarification regarding activities which can be undertaken for securing the land prior to grant of Environmental Clearance- regarding. Over a period of time, various options other than conventional barbed wire and wall fencing, have come into existence, viz., use of pre-fabricated structures, pre- cast compound wall etc. Further, in order to secure the land, the project proponent may need to have water and electricity connection. In view of the same, it has been decided by the Competent Authority in the Ministry to explicitly clarify that following activities can be undertaken by the project proponent for securing the land.
6 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Expert Appraisal Committee 07 Mar 2022 F. No. IA3-22/43/2021-IA.III [E170472] EAC Co-opting an Expert from NEERI for specific meetings of EACs and SEACs involving projects which fall in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) area - reg. The Chairpersons of the Expert Appraisal Committees (EACs) at the Central level and the concerned State Level Expert Appraisal Committees (SEACs) at the State level may ensure co-opting an expert from NEERI for specific meetings of EACs and SEACs in which developmental projects falling in the TTZ area are listed for appraisal.
7 Industry 2 Streamlining /Facilitation Expert Appraisal Committee 07 Mar 2022 -J-11013/53/2007-IA.II(I) [E 49797] EAC Re-Constitution of Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry-II) for Environmental Impact Assessment of projects requiring Environmental Clearance under the provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 - reg. In pursuance of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification S.O. No. 1533 (E) dated 14th September, 2006, the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change hereby constitutes the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) (hereinafter referred as the Committee) for evaluation of projects relating to Industry-II sector received in the Ministry for grant of Environmental Clearances.
8 River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 30 Dec 2021 J-11011/01 /2013-IA.I. (I) Streamlining Streamlining of process of EC and FC cases by Expert Appraisal Committee & Forest Advisory Committee respectively for hydropower and River Valley projects (HEP&RVP)- Names of the Institutes capable for conducting studies Streamlining of process of EC and FC cases by Expert Appraisal Committee & Forest Advisory Committee respectively for hydropower and River Valley projects (HEP&RVP)- Names of the Institutes capable for conducting studies
9 All sector Delegation/ Decentralization Categorization / Decentralization of EC process 15 Dec 2021 F.No. 22-1/2019-IA. III [E116917] Guidelines for B-2 Category EC application form for B2 category projects-regarding EC application form for B2 category projects
10 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 10 Dec 2021 F. No. 22-35/2020-IA. III [E 144325] EC Procedure for handling EC transfer cases as per the provisions of S.O. 2817(E), dated 13th July, 2021- reg. Procedure for handling EC transfer cases as per the provisions of S.O. 2817(E), dated 13th July, 2021
11 Industry 1 & Industry 2 Streamlining /Facilitation Expert Appraisal Committee 07 Dec 2021 F. No. IA3-22/37/2021-IA. III [E 169676] EAC Extension of the tenure of EAC for Industry-I and Industry-II sectors as per the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 Extension of the tenure of EAC for Industry-I and Industry-II sectors as per the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006
12 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Expert Appraisal Committee 29 Nov 2021 F. No. IA3-22/27/2021-IA. III [E 168616] EAC Format for providing the recommendations for constitution of EAC. Format for providing the recommendations for constitution of EAC.
13 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Expert Appraisal Committee 29 Oct 2021 F. No. 22-35/2020-IA. III [E 144325], EAC Conducting EAC meetings at least once in 15 days-strict adherences. Conducting EAC meetings at least once in 15 days-strict adherences.
14 Non-Coal Mining Delegation/ Decentralization Categorization / Decentralization of EC process 20 Oct 2021 F. No. IA3-22/23/2021-IA. III[E167077] Guidelines for B-2 Category Guidelines for granting EC for upto 20% expansion of Iron, Manganese, Bauxite and Lime stone mining projects-regarding Guidelines for granting EC for upto 20% expansion of Iron, Manganese, Bauxite and Lime stone mining projects
15 Non-Coal Mining Streamlining /Facilitation Post Clearance compliance 20 Oct 2021 F. No. IA3-22/23/2021-IA. III[E167077] Post Clearance compliance Guidelines for granting EC for upto 20% expansion of Iron, Manganese, Bauxite and Lime stone mining projects Guidelines for granting EC for upto 20% expansion of Iron, Manganese, Bauxite and Lime stone mining projects
16 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 20 Oct 2021 F. No. IA3-22/23/2021-IA. III[E167077] Guideline Guidelines for granting EC for upto 20% expansion of Iron, Manganese, Bauxite and Lime stone mining projects- reg. Guidelines for granting EC for upto 20% expansion of Iron, Manganese, Bauxite and Lime stone mining projects
17 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 06 Oct 2021 No. IA3-19/95/2021-IA. III Categorization Granting of EC with EC identification number for Category A and B project proposals-reg. Granting of EC with EC identification number for Category A and B project proposals.
18 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 20 Sep 2021 F. No. IA3-22/19/2021-IA. III [E-164361] Direction Directions under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to not grant or renew CTO unless EC, as applicable, has been obtained-regarding Directions under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to not grant or renew CTO unless EC, as applicable, has been obtained.
19 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 07 Sep 2021 F. No. 4/1/2021-IA-III [E-148683] EC Uploading of Environment Clearance (EC) conditions-reg. Uploading of Environment Clearance (EC) conditions
20 All sector Clarification EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 23 Aug 2021 F. No. 22/20/2021-IA.III[E-164476] 1 Clarification Clarifications with regard to Environmental Auditors and reputed institutions for providing ‘no increase in pollution load certificate’ in the context of Notification no. S.O. 980(E) dated 2nd March 2021-reg. Clarifications with regard to Environmental Auditors and reputed institutions for providing ‘no increase in pollution load certificate’ in the context of Notification no. S.O. 980(E) dated 2nd March 2021.
21 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 04 Aug 2021 F. No. 4/1/2021-IA-III [148683] EC Uploading of Environment Clearance (EC) conditions-reg. Uploading of EC conditions
22 All sector Delegation/ Decentralization EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 07 Jul 2021 F. No. 22-21/2020-IA. III SOP (violation) Standard Operating Procedure ( SoP) for identification and handling of violation cases under EIA Notification, 2006 in compliance to order of Hon’ble NGT in O.A. No. 34/2020 WZ- Regarding SoP for identification and handling of violation cases under EIA Notification, 2006 in compliance to order of Hon’ble NGT in O.A. No. 34/2020 WZ
23 All sector Delegation/ Decentralization Violation cases 07 Jul 2021 F. No. 22-21/2020-IA. III Violation cases SoP for identification and handling of violation cases under EIA Notification, 2006 in compliance to order of Hon’ble NGT in O.A. No. 34/2020 WZ-regarding SoP for identification and handling of violation cases under EIA Notification, 2006 in compliance to order of Hon’ble NGT in O.A. No. 34/2020 WZ
24 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 18 Jun 2021 F. No. 22-35/2020-IA.III Streamlining Streamlining the Essential Detail Sought (EDS) by Member Secretaries- Regarding Streamlining the EDS by Member Secretaries
25 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Public Hearing 09 Jun 2021 F. No. 22-25/2020-IA. III Public Hearing Conducting Public Hearing during CoVID 19 pandemic restrictions -regarding Conducting Public Hearing during the CoVID19 pandemic restrictions
26 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 28 May 2021 F. No. 22-35/2020-IA.III Streamlining Streamlining the prescription of Environmental Clearances conditions by Expert Appraisal Committees (EACs)-reg. Streamlining the prescription of Environmental Clearances conditions by EACs.
27 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Parivesh& Submission and processing in MoEF 19 Apr 2021 F. No. 22-37-/2018-IA. III Parivesh Processing of files for grant of Terms of Reference and Environmental Clearance through PARIVESH - reg Processing of files for grant of Terms of Reference and Environmental Clearance through PARIVESH - reg
28 All sector Delegation/ Decentralization Expert Appraisal Committee 30 Mar 2021 F. No. 22-35/2020-IA. III, EAC Declarations about Conflict of Interest by Members of Committee regarding Declarations about Conflict of Interest by Members of Committee
29 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 15 Mar 2021 22-35/2020-IA.III Streamlining Streamlining the process of granting Environmental Clearances with regard to Essential Details Sought (EDS)- reg. Streamlining the process of granting Environmental Clearances with regard to Essential Details Sought (EDS)
30 All sector Delegation/ Decentralization Corporate Environment Responsibility 25 Feb 2021 22-65/2017-IA.III CER Obligation of the project proponent to undertake activities committed in the EMP or at any stage of the appraisal of Prior EC in lieu of CER-clarification -regarding Obligation of the project proponent to undertake activities committed in the EMP or at any stage of the appraisal of Prior EC in lieu of CER-clarification -regarding
31 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Parivesh& Submission and processing in MoEF 23 Feb 2021 22-37/2018- IA.III Parivesh Processing of files for grant of Terms of Reference and Environmental Clearance through PARIVESH - reg Processing of files for grant of Terms of Reference and Environmental Clearance through PARIVESH - reg
32 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation Guidelines for ToRs 22 Feb 2021 22-35/2020- IA.III Guidelines for ToRs Non-compliance of ToR by the consultant/project proponent during preparation of EIA/EMP report- reg. Non-compliance of ToR by the consultant/project proponent during preparation of EIA/EMP report- reg.
33 Violation Streamlining /Facilitation Violation cases 19 Feb 2021 19-27/2015- IA.III Violation cases Procedure for dealing with violations arising due to not obtaining a prior CRZ Clearance for permissible activities-regarding Procedure for dealing with violations arising due to not obtaining a prior CRZ Clearance for permission activities
34 Non-Coal Mining Streamlining /Facilitation Public Hearing 16 Feb 2021 F. No. 22-4/2020-IA.III Public Hearing Guidelines on public consultation in respect of mining projects of certain categories being considered under the provisions of S.O. 1530(E) dated 6th April 2018- reg. Guidelines on public consultation in respect of mining projects of certain categories being considered under the provisions of S.O. 1530(E) dated 6th April 2018
35 Industry 2 Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 28 Jan 2021 22-23/218-IA.III Streamlining Requirement of certification for consideration of proposals for expansion of distillery unitsfor production of Ethanol intended for EBP under the provisions of S.O. 345(E) dated the 17th January, 2019 and S.O. 750(E) dated the 17th February, 2020 as category B2 clarification- reg. Compliance of order dated 22.09.2020 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of civil appeal dy. No. 19271/2020 in the matter of Gujarat Chambers of Commerce Industry vs central Pollution Control Board &Anr. Reg.
36 Industry 3 Delegation/ Decentralization EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 28 Jan 2021 22-33/2019-IA.III EC Issuance of environmental clearance for the API and Intermediates as single category instead of individual products- reg. Issuance of environmental clearance for the API and Intermediates as single category instead of individual products
37 Industry 2 Delegation/ Decentralization Categorization / Decentralization of EC process 28 Jan 2021 22-23/219-IA.III Guidelines for B-2 Category Requirement of certification for consideration of proposals for expansion of distillery unity for production of Ethanol intoned for EBP under the provisions of S.O. 345 (E) dated the 17th January, 2019 and S.O. 750 (E) dated the 17th February, 2020 as category B2- Clarification-reg. Requirement of certification for consideration of proposals for expansion of distillery unity for production of Ethanol intoned for EBP under the provisions of S.O. 345 (E) dated the 17th January, 2019 and S.O. 750 (E) dated the 17th February, 2020 as category B2- Clarification-reg.
38 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 30 Dec 2020 22-35/2020-IA.III Streamlining Streamlining the process of grant of environmental clearances- Rationalization of Essential Details Sought or Additional Details Sought- reg. Streamlining the process of grant of environmental clearances- Rationalization of Essential Details Sought or Additional Details Sought
39 Industry 2 Streamlining /Facilitation Expert Appraisal Committee 02 Dec 2020 22-8/2020-IA.III EAC Distribution of work between Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry-II) and Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry-III)-reg. Distribution of work between Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry-II) and Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry-III)-reg.
40 All sector Streamlining /Facilitation EC for all, prior EC, NGT, Guidelines EC etc 20 Nov 2020 22-35/2020-IA.III Direction Review of the functioning of SEIAAs by Additional Secretary. MoEFCC- reg Review of the functioning of SEIAAs by Additional Secretary
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