Mandate and Responsibilities
“To achieve economic growth with environmental management for an improved quality of life in Andhra Pradesh”
To plan a comprehensive programme for the prevention, control or abatement of water and air pollution in the state and to secure their execution thereof:
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.
To encourage, conduct and participate in prevention, control or abatement of water pollution;
To inspect sewage or trade effluents, works and plants for the treatment of sewage and trade effluents and to review plans, specifications or other data relating to plants set up for the treatment of water, works for the purification thereof and the system for the disposal of sewage or trade effluents or in connection with the grant of any consent as required by the Water Act;
To inspect, at all reasonable times, any control equipment, industrial plant or manufacturing process and to give, by order, such directions, to such persons as it may consider necessary to take steps for the prevention, control or abatement of air pollution;
To collaborate with the Central Board in organizing the training of persons engaged in programmes relating to prevention, control or abatement of water and air pollution and to organize mass education programmes relating thereto;
To lay down, modify or annual effluent standards for sewage and trade effluents and for the quality of receiving waters resulting from discharge of effluents and to classify waters of the state;
To lay down, in consultation with the Central Board and having regard to the standards for the quality of air laid down by the Central Board, standards for emission of air pollutants in the atmosphere from industrial plants and automobiles or for the discharge of any air pollutant into the atmosphere from any other sources;
To evolve economical and reliable methods for treatment of sewage and trade effluents;
To evolve methods of utilization of sewage and suitable trade effluents in agriculture;
To evolve efficient methods of disposal of sewage and trade effluents on land;
To lay down standards of treatment of sewage and trade effluents to be discharged in any particular stream by taking the related factors into consideration;
To make, vary or revoke any order related to prevention, control or abatement of water pollution;
To lay down effluent standards to be complied with by persons while discharging sewage or sullage or both, and to lay down, modify or annual effluent standards for sewage and trade effluents;
To advise the state government with respect to the suitability of the location of industries, which is likely to cause water or air pollution;
To perform such other functions as may be prescribed or as may, from time to time, be entrusted to it by the Central Board or the state government
Monitoring of 17 categories of highly polluting industries;
Inventorisation of polluting industries in the state and ensuring their compliance to the pollution control norms;
Pollution control from industries discharging wastewater into rivers and lakes;
Monitoring of water quality and ambient air quality within the state;
Management of hazardous, biomedical, plastic and municipal waste;
Monitoring and Management of Environmental quality in critically polluted areas;
Issuance of various environmental permits like;
- Consent for Establishment
- Consent for Operation
- Authorization for hazardous waste management.
- Authorization for biomedical waste management.
- Authorisation for municipal solid waste management.
- Registration of units under plastic waste management.
- Permission for import and storage of hazardous chemicals.
Generation and dissemination of data related to environmental quality through regular monitoring and surveillance;
Conducting research and development activities on environmental matters;
Encouraging and promoting environmental research by academicians and institutions;
Imparting training on environment;
Building environmental awareness for the community; and
Addressing public grievances through redressal of environmental problems