CPCB Grants Recognition To Labs for Environmental Testing

The CPCB has published a table listing the newly recognized laboratories and their designated Government Analysts. These analysts are authorized to analyze air, water, and other environmental samples for specific groups of parameters.

Government Emphasizes Awareness and Collaboration For Management of Heatwaves

The Ministry informed that advisories emphasizing state compliance with the National Action Plan on Heat Related Illnesses were recently issued to Chief Secretaries. These plans detail essential medicine stockpiling, intravenous fluids, ice packs, ORS solutions, and public awareness campaigns. Additionally, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has prepared a guide on recommended practices for both the general public and vulnerable individuals during summer months.

Union Health Ministry & NDMA Issue Advisory on Hospital Fire Prevention

The advisory underscores the necessity for State Health Departments and State Disaster Management Authorities to collaborate closely. They are directed to ensure that all accredited hospitals within their jurisdictions take immediate action on several fronts including inspections, fire NOC compliance, etc.

Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2024

Every manufacturer of commodities made from plastic or part thereof shall ensure processing of the pre-consumer plastic waste generated in the form of reject or discard material at the stage of manufacturing and such manufacturer shall report to the State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee concerned.

Government Introduces Amendments to Hazardous and Other Wastes Management Rules

One significant amendment includes the addition of clause 22A, which defines “deposition centers” as specified in the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, for the collection of domestic hazardous wastes. These deposition centers must obtain authorization from the State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee concerned. These centers are also required to maintain records of providing domestic hazardous waste to the actual user or disposal facility and file annual returns to the respective authorities.

Notice Issued for Registration of PIBOs and PWPs On Centralized EPR Portal for Plastic Packaging

A notice has been issued to all PIBOs & PWPs to ensure compliance with the regulations. PIBOs & PWPs who have not yet applied for registration are directed to submit their registration applications, complete in all respects, on the EPR Portal by March 31, 2024. Guidance Manual and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for registration of PIBOs/PWPs, uploaded on the EPR Portal, are available for reference.

CPCB Publishes Details on Enhanced Security Features of EPR Portal

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has published a detailed video on its enhanced security features of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Portal for plastic waste. The services of the EPR Portal were resumed with enhanced security features on March 01, 2024.

Government Includes New Substances in Schedule of Insecticides Act, 1968

The Central Government, after consultation with the Central Insecticides Board, has introduced 11 new substances into list of insecticides under the Insecticides Act, 1968. Their inclusion aims to regulate and monitor their usage for pest control purposes while ensuring the safety and well-being of the environment and public health.