Mangala seeks hazardous waste import report from Customs DG | Daily News


Mangala seeks hazardous waste import report from Customs DG

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has called for a report from the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs on the problems associated with the import of hazardous waste that pose a threat to human health and environment in the country, Finance Ministry sources yesterday told the Daily News.

These sources said that shortly after returning from a foreign visit, the Finance Minister had directed Mrs. P. S. M. Charles, the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs, yesterday, to prepare a hazardous waste import assessment report as soon as possible.

Finance Minister’s action came after he learnt that certain local companies had imported various types of waste into the country without proper permission being sought from the relevant environment authorities, the Ministry sources explained.

 According to these sources, Minister Samaraweera had noted that if any company was importing garbage into the country, it should have got permission from the relevant environment authorities.

Samaraweera has said that he is prepared to take stern action against anyone who has not followed the necessary rules and regulations in this respect, or who has breached the law of the land.

The controversy over imports of garbage arose after it was revealed that hundreds of container loads of garbage had been imported by certain companies taking advantage of loopholes in import controls and Customs monitoring created by changes in these laws by the Finance Ministry during the previous government.

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