CEA and PS ignore public protest Against electronic waste company in Homagama

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Representatives of the movement revealed that heavy metals in the waste that was disposed by them,  had mixed with soil and natural water resources in the area

 

The malpractices of an illegal electronic waste management company in Godaparagahahena, Homagama was severely affecting at least 40 families living in its vicinity, Movement for Land and Agriculture Reform (MONLAR) said yesterday.   


Representatives of the movement revealed that heavy metals in the waste that was disposed by them,  had mixed with soil and natural water resources in the area. The area was home to at least nine farming families who cultivated an extent of 10 acres of land.   


“The ill effects of sorting, clearing, storing and destroying electronic waste in open spaces in residential areas with temporary shelters are being exposed now,” Sajeewa Chamikara of the Movement said.   


Chamikara went on to explain that it was difficult to hazard a guess as to why officials had approved an  environmental impact assessment and building permits for such a factory. “How did they get permits to have the factory in a residential area, especially a factory with temporary open spaces.”   


Numerous complaints by residents in the area to the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) had fallen on deaf ears.   


He noted that when officials had inspected the premises earlier this month, following complaints lodged by the area residents, factory workers had cleared out all illegal substances.  


“It is clear the management of the company and the authorities have a deal, which can be the only explanation. This is the only explanation as to why they were not pulled up,” Chamikara alleged.   


“Officials from the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to the Pradeshiya Sabha could ensure the factory was shut down. 


However, the fact that it has been operating for such a long time, despite the harm it is causing the environment and the farming families as well as other residents in the area, is a statement that they have the support of the state and its officials,” he concluded.    

 

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