Guidelines for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems by CPCB and Centre for Science and Environment

CPCB Guidelines for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems

The highly polluting industries such as Power, Cement, Iron & Steel, Chlor-alkali, Pharmaceuticals, Fertilizers, Refineries, Pesticides, Distilleries, Sugar, Pulp & Paper, Textile, Tanneries, and other categories of industries emit particulate matter and other gaseous pollutant into atmosphere. These industries also release pollutants through effluent discharge. The SPCBs and PCCs have prescribed standards for various pollutants emitted/ discharged by the industries as notified under the Environment (Protection) Act,1986. The compliance monitoring needs to be strengthened to ensure that emissions/ effluent complying with the stipulated norms are only discharged by the industries. With rapid industrialization, it is becoming a need and necessity to regulate compliance by industries with minimal inspection of industries. Therefore, efforts need to be made to bring discipline in the industries to exercise self-monitoring & compliance and transmit effluent and emission quality data to SPCBs/PCCs and CPCB on continuous basis. For strengthening the monitoring and compliance through self-regulatory mechanism, online emission and effluent monitoring systems need to be installed and operated by the developers and the industries on, ‘Polluter Pays Principle’. Verification, validation and accuracy check of the values indicated by the online devices needs to be done. For proper interpretation of data measures Guidelines for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems 3 need to be taken at the level of SPCBs/PCCs. For regulatory and for purpose of actions to be taken against non-complying industries/facilities, the existing method of sampling, analysis and related procedures under the existing statutes need to be continued, till further direction.

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CSE releases CEMS guidance manual to monitor industrial air pollution

A Technical Guidance Manual’, said, “The manual is a detailed technical guidance to CEMS in India and aims to serve as a supplement to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines on the issue. An effort to support the CEMS initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and CPCB, the manual covers all the major aspects of a successful CEMS programme and explains the available technology options, their suitability for an industry and the kind of certification, calibration and verification required.”

“The manual also explains data acquisition, handing and compliance check mechanism that we need to put in place to ensure credibility of the system. CEMS regulations and best practices in Europe, US and those proposed in India have also been discussed in the manual. We, at CSE, strongly believe that the guidance manual will be useful for those willing to take adequate steps towards reducing emissions, help in skill and knowledge development of stakeholders and serve to be an informative guide to inspire proper and successful implementation of CEMS in India,”

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