Written by Bella Dalima
27 Nov, 2013 | 2:03 am
Notices have been issued on individuals connected to the Central Environment Authority, the Board of Investment and the factory at the centre of the Rathupaswala water problem.
The notices were issued following the consideration of a petition filed by the Center for Environmental Justice and the Convener of the Siyane People’s Campaign for Water Conservation, Pramitha Kumara Hettiarachchi in the Court of Appeal.
The petition says that the waste water generated by the factory in the manufacturing process contains a harmful chemical and that when approval is granted for such an industry, it should be maintained in accordance with an environment conservation license.
The petition says that the Central Environment Authority and the Board of Investments have disregarded this factor when issuing licenses.
The petition also notes that investigations conducted by the Central Environment Authority and the Government Analyst on the orders of the Gampaha Magistrate’s Court have affirmed that waste from the factory in question had contaminated ground water and the soil in the surrounding area.
The petitioners further claim that this contaminated water in wells in the area.
Court of Appeal Justice Anil Gunaratne, after considering the petitions, issued notice on the respondents to appear before court on January 27 next year.
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