Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notifies the amendment to the process of scoping under Environmental Impact Assessment

Feb 25, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) on February 17, 2020 notifies the amendment to the process of scoping under Environmental Impact Assessment

MoEF & CC had proposed a Draft Notification dated November 13, 2019, to amend the process of the scoping which is one of the stages of environmental clearance process. The process of Environmental Clearance involves four stages namely, Screening; scoping; public consultation; and appraisal.

The Notification substitutes the scooping process, namely:

Ø  “Scoping” refers to the process to determine detailed and comprehensive Terms of Reference (ToR) addressing all relevant environmental concerns for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment /Environment Management Report with respect to a project or activity for which prior environmental clearance is sought.

Ø  All projects under category B2 of the Schedule mentioned in the 2006 Notification will not require scoping.

Ø  Sector specific Standard Terms of References shall be displayed on its website.

Ø  Standard Terms of References will be issued to certain projects or activities through online mode, on acceptance of application within 7 working days, without referring to Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) or State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC).

Ø  All other new projects or activities, will be referred to the EAC or SEAC by the Regulatory Authority, as the case may be, within 30 days from the date of application, for recommending the specific ToR in addition to the Standard e Terms of Reference (ToR), deemed necessary.

Ø  In case of rejection of application, the regulatory authority must communicate the decision with reasons to the applicant in writing within 60 days of receipt of the application.

Ø  The Terms of Reference for the projects or activities except for River valley and Hydroelectric projects, issued by the Regulatory Authority will be valid for a period of 4 years from the date of issue and in case of the River valley and Hydro-electric projects it will be valid for 5 years.

[Notification No. S.O. 751(E)]


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