Footage of the imported waste at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone released

Footage of the imported waste at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone released

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jul, 2019 | 1:30 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): The Central Environmental Authority has released footage of the waste material to the media, dumped at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone.

Meanwhile the Central Environment Authority issuing a media release yesterday (July 19), stated that Hayleys Free Zone Limited, located in Zone 4 of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone had imported this consignment of garbage. The Central Environment Authority also pointed out that this company does not posses an environmental permit or permit to import hazardous waste material.

A communique issued under the signature of the Director General of the Central Environment Authority or the CEA Hemantha Jayasinghe stated that the garbage is being stored in an unsafe environment.

Officials of the CEA who inspected the site discovered that liquid and solid waste piled up at the location is being released into the environment. According to the CEA 27,685 tonnes of waste has been piled up at the site over an area that spans across 50,000 square feet.

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