In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) and clause (v) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, read with clause (d) of sub-rule (3) of rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986 and in supersession of the notification number S.O. 60 (E) dated the 27th January, 1994, except in respect of things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government directed that on and from the date of its publication the required construction of new projects oractivities or the expansion or modernization of existing projects or activities listed in the Schedule to this notification entailing capacity addition with change in process and or technology shall be undertaken in any part of India only after the prior environmental clearance from the Central Government or as the case may be, by the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, duly constituted by the Central Government under sub-section (3) of section 3 of the said Act, in accordance with the procedure specified in the notification number S.O. 1533 (E) Date 14th September 2006.
State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (hereinafter referred to as the SEAC) at the State level shall screen, scope and appraise projects or activities in Category ‘B’. SEAC shall meet at least once every month.
(a) The composition of the SEAC shall be as given in Appendix VI of the notification number S.O. 1533 (E) Date 14th September 2006. The SEAC at the State level shall be constituted by the Central Government in consultation with the concerned State Government with identical composition;
(b) The Central Government may, with the prior concurrence of the concerned State Governments or the Union territory Administrations, constitutes one SEAC for more than one State for reasons of administrative convenience and cost;
(c) The SEAC shall be reconstituted after every three years;
(d) The authorised members of the SEAC, concerned, may inspect any site(s) connected with the project or activity in respect of which the prior environmental clearance is sought, for the purposes of screening or scoping or appraisal, with prior notice of at least seven days to the applicant, who shall provide necessary facilities for the inspection;
(e) The SEAC shall function on the principle of collective responsibility. The Chairperson shall endeavour to reach a consensus in each case, and if consensus cannot be reached, the view of the majority shall prevail.
The notification regarding constituton of State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), Uttarakhand is as below.