CEA gives Rathupaswala factory clean bill of health | Daily News

CEA gives Rathupaswala factory clean bill of health

 

The release of contaminated water by Venigros factory in Rathupaswala has not caused an impact on the qualitative nature of underground water around the Rathupaswala area, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) informed the Court of Appeal.

Submitting a report regarding the quality of drinking water sources around the controversial factory in Rathupaswala area, the Environmental Pollution Control Unit attached to the CEA informed the Court of Appeal that the release of contaminated water from the factory was not the reason for the qualitative nature of water sources around the controversial factory in Rathupaswala area.

The report stated water samples in the area are not under ideal PH level recommended by Sri Lanka Standards (SLS) Institution.

The report added that the World Health Organisation has recommended that the normal range for pH in surface water systems should be 6.5 to 8.5. However, the report submitted by senior environmental officer D.M.S.S. Bandara said the range of PH in most parts of the country recorded was within a range of 4-6.

Meanwhile, Court of Appeal Justice (President) Vijith Malalgoda and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena directed the petitioners that the future action of the petitioners be informed on the next hearing date.

Court made this direction when the writ petition filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice and Siyane Water Protection Organisation (Syana Jala Surakime Vyaparaya) was taken up for support. In this petition, the petitioners had cited the CEA, the Board of Investment and Venigros (Pvt) Ltd, the Attorney General and several others as respondents. Counsel Ravinath Dabare with Nilmal Wickremasinghe appeared for the petitioners. 


 

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