Terms of Reference of the High Power Committee

In Writ Petition 657/95 being heard in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India on hazardous wastes management, a High Power Committee [HPC] has been constituted under the chairmanship of Prof. M.G.K. Menon with the Terms of Reference (TOR) indicated below.

Anyone who wishes to provide information on these TOR can do so at indu at envfor.delhi.nic.in or cpcb at alpha.nic.in.

Terms of Reference of the High Power Committee are as follows :

  1. Whether and to what extent the Hazardous wastes listed in Basel Convention have been banned by the Govt. and to examine which other hazardous wastes, other than listed in Basel Convention and Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989, require banning.
  2. To verify the present status of the units handling hazardous wastes imported for recycling or generating/recycling indigenous Hazardous Wastes on the basis of information provided by respective States/Uts. And to determine the status of implementation of Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989 by various States/UTs in the light of directions issued by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.
  3. What safeguards have been put in place to ensure that banned toxic/hazardous wastes are not allowed to be imported.
  4. What are the changes required in the existing laws to regulate the functioning of units handling hazardous wastes and for protecting the people (including workers in the factory) from environmental hazards.
  5. To assess the adequacy of the existing facilities for disposal of Hazardous wastes in an environmentally sound manner and to make recommendations about the most suitable manner for disposal of hazardous wastes.
  6. What is further required to be done to effectively prohibit, monitor and regulate the functioning of units handling hazardous wastes keeping in view the existing body of laws.
  7. To make recommendations as to what should be the prerequisites for issuance of authorization/permission under Rule 5 and Rule 11 of the Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules 1989.
  8. To identify the criteria for designation of areas for locating units handling hazardous wastes and waste disposal sites.
  9. To determine as to whether the authorization/permission given by the State Boards for handling hazardous wastes are in accordance with Rule 5(4) & Rule 11 of Hazardous Waste Rules, 1989 and whether the decision of the State Pollution Control Board is based on any prescribed procedure or check-list.
  10. To recommend a mechanism for publication of inventory at regular interval giving area-wise information about the level and nature of hazardous wastes.
  11. What should be the framework for reducing risks to the environment and public health by stronger regulation and by promoting production methods and products, which are ecologically friendly and thus reduce the production of toxic?