The Unit IV comprises of the Consent for Operation section, Hazardous Waste Management Section, Bio-medical Waste Management section, and Planning Cell. This unit also takes care of RTI implementation.
Consent for Operation (CFO) Section:
Transparency is further ensured in issuing of Consent for Operation by way of placing all the applications before an external advisory committee constituted by the Board to process the applications of the industries as per delegated powers. In order to simplify consent management, the APPCB has been issuing combined CONSENT order under Air Act, 1981 & Water Act, 1974 instead of separate consent orders. This was further upgraded by combining Authorization for Hazardous Waste management also under E (P) Rules with the CFO order.
Hazardous Waste Management Section :
This section implements the Rules related to Hazardous Waste notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI), under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The Section is also responsible for implementation of various provisions of environmental legislations such as the Public Liability Insurance Act. The other functions include issuing authorization for hazardous waste management, import license of hazardous chemicals, and redressal site selection for hazardous waste disposal etc.
Bio Medical Waste Management Section :
This section implements rules related to Bio Medical Waste notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forest Government of India under the Bio-Medical Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules, 1998 in order to regulate the environmental menace due to mismanagement of hospital waste. The potentially hazardous wastes generated by the health care units are termed as Bio-Medical Waste (BMW). The disposal of untreated biomedical wastes poses both environmental and public health risks. It is imperative, therefore, need to monitor for safe collection, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of biomedical wastes. The other functions include issuing authorization for biomedical waste management, issuing licenses, and redressal site selection for hazardous waste disposal etc.
The main function of the planning cell is to formulate the annual action plan and communicate the same to Regional Office, Zonal Office and all Divisional Heads of Head Office level, every year for effective implementation and achievement of targets. The Annual Action Plan consists of various activities and their sub activities along with annual targets/ achievements for the particular year to fulfill the provisions of various Environmental Acts. The Annual Action Plan is performance oriented and is based on the Annual Budget of the Board.