Prior Environmental Clearance Certificate | Environmental Clearance (EC) Application

Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) & Environmental Clearance (EC)

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MetaCorp is an organization where we explore and nurture efficient processes to solve legal and compliance issues of new and established businesses. We have a team of 100+ professionals with the sole aim to create a compliance-ready and hassle-free environment for businesses. Every day, we challenge ourselves to bring our absolute best to clients, the public, and one another. We invest in our people and innovation to create an environment in which people are proud to associate and work with Metacorp. 

  • We support and assist our clients with our updated knowledge and rich experience, the introduction of cutting-edge technologies. 
  • We also have expertise in assessing environmental performance, types of environmental impact assessment, legal compliance, purpose of environmental impact assessmentand state-of-the-art environmental analysis.
  • We focus on reducing our customer's compliance costs for positive , and profitability that help earn our clients' trust.
  • Metacorp offers all the certifications and licenses like Environment Impact Assessment Certificate and Environmental Clearance Certificate for all types of business activities such as Food Business Licensing, AYUSH license, Drugs License, and many more. 
  • We start the application process as soon as you give us the go-ahead to maintain a vigorous speed all along. 

As per EIA Notification, 2006, the following types of projects require Prior Environmental Clearance :  

1. Mining of minerals.
2. Slurry pipelines (coal lignite and other ores) passing through national parks / sanctuaries / coral reefs, ecologically sensitive areas. 
3. Offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration, development & production
4. River Valley pojects 
5. Thermal Power Plants 
6. Nuclear power projects and processing of nuclear fuel 
7. Coal washeries
8. Mineral beneficiation
9. Metallurgical industries (ferrous & non ferrous)
10. Cement plants
11. Petroleum refining industry
12. Coke oven plants 
13. Asbestos milling and asbestos based products
14. Chlor-alkali industry 
15. Soda ash Industry
16. Leather/skin/hide processing industry
17. Chemical fertilizers
18. Pesticides industry and pesticide specific intermediates (excluding formulations)
19. Petro-chemical complexes (industries based on processing of petroleum fractions & natural gas and/or reforming to aromatics)
20. Manmade fibers manufacturing
21. Petrochemical based processing (processes other than cracking & reformation and not covered under the complexes)
22. Synthetic organic chemicals industry (dyes & dye intermediates; bulk drugs and intermediates excluding drug formulations; synthetic rubbers; basic organic chemicals, other synthetic organic chemicals and chemical intermediates)
23. Distilleries
24. Integrated paint industry
25. Pulp & paper industry excluding manufacturing of paper from waste paper and manufacture of paper from ready pulp with out bleaching
26. Sugar Industry
27. Oil & gas transportation pipe line (crude and refinery/ petrochemical products), passing through national parks / sanctuaries /coral reefs /   ecologically sensitive areas including LNG Terminal
28. Isolated storage & handling of hazardous chemicals (As per threshold planning quantity indicated in column 3 of schedule 2 & 3 MSIHC Rules 1989 amended 2000)
29. Air ports
30. All ship breaking yards including ship breaking units
31. Industrial estates/ parks/ complexes/ areas, export processing Zones (EPZs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Biotech Parks, Leather Complexes. Common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs)

The new or expansion projects have been divided into Category A & Category B, depending on the effects a particular project may have on the environment & human health. The Category A projects get Prior Environment Clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Control (MOEF&CC), Govt. of India. The MOEF&CC, in turn, acts on the recommendations of an Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) constituted by the Central Government for this purposes.  


All the projects or activities included in Category B, including expansion and modernization of existing projects or activities, require Prior Environmental Clearance from the State/UT Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA). The SEIAA is assisted in this task by the recommendations of a State/UT evel Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC).  

The steps in process for The Prior Environment Clearance (Prior EC) for Category A or Category B are as following: 
(1) Scoping 
(2) Preparation of Draft EIA Report

(3)Environmental Impact Study
(4) Public Consultation
(5) Preparation of the Final EIA 
(6) Appraisal 
(7) Issuance or rejection of Prior Environment Clearance (Prior-EC)

(8)Environmental Impact Analysis
The steps in the process for The Prior Environment Clearance for Category B2 that are required to be placed before Appraisal Committee are as following:
(1) Preparation of Environment Management Plan (EMP) Report
(2) Appraisal
(3) Issuance or rejection of Prior Environment Clearance (Prior-EC)
The steps in the process for The Prior Environment Permission process for Category B2 that are not required to be placed before Appraisal Committee are as following:
(1) Preparation of Environment Management Plan (EMP) Report 
(2) Verification of the application, submitted by the project proponent, by the Regulatory Authority
(3) Grant or Rejection of Prior Environment Permission.


What is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development, taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts, both beneficial and adverse.

Environment Impact Assessment in India is statutorily backed by the Environment Protection Act, 1986 which contains various provisions on EIA methodology and concept of environmental impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) meaning is an important management tool for ensuring the optimal use of natural resources for sustainable development. It covers developmental sectors such as industries, thermal power projects, mining schemes, etc.

What is Environmental Clearance (EC)?

Environmental Clearance License is a procedure to get clearance from the government for certain projects which cause environmental pollution. The government has made a list of projects which need environmental clearance like mining, thermal power plants, infrastructure etc.

The EIA Notification categorizes the projects into two categories, i.e. Category A and B. Projects falling under Category A get clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and Category B will get clearance from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. According to Schedule 1 of EIA Notification of 2006, 29 types of projects need environmental clearance. Moreover, a colour codification for industries was implemented which classified the industries according to their impact on the environment. The industries were classified based on the pollution potential index as red, orange, green and white industries. Only the white category industries are exempted from seeking environmental clearance.

Environment Impact Assessment Notification (2006)

The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 was notified under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and it supersede the EIA Notification of 1994. A comprehensive procedure is given for obtaining prior environmental clearance for the establishment or expansion of a project given under the law. Under this notification, the approval for environmental clearance from the MoEF is required for-

  • Projects listed under Schedule 1
  • Developmental projects in fragile areas
  • Industrial projects are having more than Rs. 500 million in investment. They have to obtain a letter of intent from the Ministry of Industry, and NOCs from the State Pollution Control Board and the State Forest Department if the project talks about forestland.
  • Site clearance and a final environmental clearance for the establishment and operation of any new power plant.
  • The industries are categorized into categories A and B depending on their size and capacity. MoEF gives clearance to Category A projects and Category B is given clearance by the SEIAA, i.e. State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.
  • Expert Appraisal groups screen the application at the central and State levels.

Stages of Environmental Clearance (EC)

The environmental clearance process comprises four stages, namely,

  • Screening Stage: Screening refers to the scrutiny of category ‘B’ projects seeking prior environmental clearance made in Form-1 by the concerned State Level Expert Appraisal Committee for determining whether or not the project requires further environmental studies for the preparation of EIA Certificate for its appraisal depending upon the nature and location specificity of the project.
  • Scoping Stage: Scoping is the stage that sets out what needs to be assessed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to help define how to approach environmental aspect and impact assessment and what information may be needed to identify the likely significant effects of the development. You can request a scoping opinion from Concept of the Environmental impact assessment (EIA).
  • Public Consultation stage: To ascertain the views of local persons. The outcome of public consultation, which is not a decision-making process, is to be included in environment impact assessment
    Certificate and addressed.
  • Appraisal stage: Appraisal means the detailed scrutiny by the Expert Appraisal Committee or State Level Expert Appraisal Committee of the application and other documents submitted by the applicant for grant of environmental clearance.

Advantages of EIA and EC 

By using EIA and EC both environmental and economic benefits can be achieved, such as:

  • Reduced cost and time of project implementation and design,
  • Avoided treatment/clean-up costs and impacts of laws and regulations.
  • Lays base for environmentally sound projects;
  • Greater awareness of environmental legislation;
  • Protection of Environment
  • Optimum utilization of resources(balance between development and Environmental protection)
  • Informs decision-makers
  • Environmental Impact Assessment reports are a critical component of India’s environmental decision-making process
  • Environmental Impact study acts as a detailed study of the potential impacts of proposed projects.
  • It helps in predicting environmental impacts at an early stage in project planning and design.
  • Based on these reports, the Environment Ministry, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority or other relevant regulatory bodies may or may not grant approval to a project.
  • The EIA reports are also important to define measures that the project could take in order to contain or offset project impacts.
  • EIA-based approvals for most projects also involve the process of conducting public hearings, so that who are likely to be affected can be taken on board before approving the project.
  • EIA links the environment with development.
  • The goal is to ensure environmentally safe and sustainable development.

About Our Company: 

Metacorp is a company with a vision of supporting a clean & green environment and being a part of development that is sustainable for the environment. Our Company is blessed with a team of young and energetic professionals willing to work with zeal, enthusiasm and guided by experienced leaders. With the continuous pursuit of excellence and persistent efforts for more than 7 years, we are capable to provide the best of services and products to our clients. The environment is at the top of the agenda for governments, civil society and citizens, and is likely to remain so for some time. Its importance in business and purchase decision-making, as well as in legislation, standards and regulations is increasing all the time. As a result, no business or industry can afford to take its environmental performance for granted. Every industry needs environmental aspect and impact assessment as a part of legal compliance, out of pure economic sense and also an out of compassion for ecology and the environment. We at Metacorp, acknowledge your need and commitment to the environment and promise to support it wholeheartedly. 

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