Norochcholai plant functioning sans safety standards-CHR

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Says Environmental Protection License not renewed for a year

Untitled-1By Thilanka Kanakarathna  

The Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has been operating without renewing the Environmental Protection License (EPL) since May 30, 2017 and all the four electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) have malfunctioned leading to mass environmental pollution, Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said yesterday.  


In a letter to Central Environmental Authority (CEA) Chairman Chandraratne Pallegama, Mr. Tennakoon had urged him to look into the matter immediately and take the necessary measures to put a stop to the destruction being caused.   


Tennakoon said that due to the malfunctions in the ESPs, heavy metal and other waste are being released into sea causing much environmental destruction. He pointed out that even the tree-tops from Puttalam to Anuradhapura have not been spared and have turned a yellowish colour as a result.   


Tennakoon accused the North Western Province Environment Authority of neglecting their duty for nearly a year by allowing the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant to function for so long without renewing the Environmental Protection License (EPL).  

 

The plant had temporary stopped releasing waste when North Western Province Environment Authority officials inspected the establishment on May 8 as the inspection was conducted with prior notice given


“The plant had temporary stopped releasing waste when North Western Province Environment Authority officials inspected the establishment on May 8 as the inspection was conducted with prior notice given,” he added.  
Therefore, Tennakoon requested the CEA Chairman to inspect the site with experts from the North Western Province Environment Authority and the CEA.