This Law shall be called the Environmental Conservation Law. 

The Ministry may, with the approval of the Union Government and the Committee, stipulate the following environmental quality standards: 

(a) suitable surface water quality standards in the usage in rivers, streams, canals, springs, marshes, swamps, lakes, reservoirs and other inland water sources of the public; 

(b) water quality standards for coastal and estuarine areas; 

(c ) underground water quality standards; 

(d) atmospheric quality standards; 

(e) noise and vibration standards; 

(f) emissions standards; 

(g) effluent standards; 

(h) solid wastes standards; 

(i) other environmental quality standards stipulated by the Union Government.

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The following expressions contained in this Law shall have the meanings given here under: 

  • ​Environment
  • Environmental Quality
  • Environmental Quality Standard
  • Environmental Audit
  • Pollution
  • Noise Pollution
  • Pollutant
  • Waste
  • Hazardous Substance
  • Beneficial Use
  • Cleaner Production
  • Control Equipment
  • Ecosystem
  • Owner
  • Occupier
  • Environmental Emergency
  • Committee
  • Ministry
  • Department