CEA cracks whip on environmental blackguards

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Legally wraps nine erring industries operating on the Kelani River bank





By Piyumi Fonseka
The Central Environment Authority (CEA) has issued legal notices to nine factories located on the banks of the Kelani River after they were  found to have violated the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), CEA officials confirmed.

Effluent pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant Plant at Damanganga river in Vapi,Gujarat,India
The special inspections and surveys were carried out by the CEA, following the incident where about 1900 litres of diesel oil leaked from a pipe at Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited into the Kelani River on August 17, contaminating the drinking water supply.

CEA Director of Environmental Pollution Control (EPC) Ms.Devika Vithanage said 64 industries located on the banks of the Kelani River within Colombo and Gampaha Districts were inspected by the CEA.

She said that among the 64 industries, 55 were found following provisions in the EPA ensuring that industrial waste is disposed in such a manner to minimise any adverse effects on the river water.

“But, nine industries have been issued legal notices and advised to take adequate measures to control pollution in respect of effluents discharged into the river,” she added.

Gampaha Regional Officer of the CEA Mr.Premachandra said that some companies were not maintaining their tanks used to store diesel and that some of them were in poor condition.

He said that the industrialists were warned by the CEA to obtain technological guidance and advice to control environmental pollution and replace equipment in poor condition used in disposing waste.

CEA Chairman Prof. Lal Mervin Dharmasiri said relevant recommendations had already been given to the industries to prevent such incidents [contamination of the Kelani River with diesel] happening again.

“CEA would frequently monitor the waste disposal of the CCBSL factory in future,” Prof. Dharmasiri said. Meanwhile, Director General of the CEA Mr. Muthukudaarachchi told the Daily Mirror two representatives from the Coca Cola Beverages India Limited, South Asian Regional Office of Coca Cola Pvt. Ltd. have arrived in the country and are working with the CEA for daily monitoring of the waste disposal systems of the beverage company.

Mr. Muthukudaarachchi said they have collaborated with the officials and are giving frequent reports on their progress to the CEA.