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CEA to take legal action against waste imported to SL

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) will take legal action against those who imported the containers of industrial waste without the proper a licence, State Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ajith Mannapperuma said.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist at a media briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department, State Minister Mannapperuma said the companies which imported the waste had not obtained the Environmental Protection Licence or the Hazardous Waste Management Licence from the CEA.

Aaccording to the Gazette Notification Commercial Hub Regulation No. 1 of 2013, any enterprise engaged in business activities with a minimum investment of US$ 5 million has the authority to import raw materials to Sri Lanka.

According to this gazette notification, import and export control licences are not required for the importation of goods for such enterprises. The Customs Ordinance, Import and Export Control Act and the Exchange Control Act have been exempted by this Gazette notification. But used items or waste cannot be imported without the recommendation of the CEA.

The State Minister said that the import of waste material needed the consent of the relevant country of origin on the basis that Sri Lanka is a signatory to the Basel Convention.

On the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Central Environment Authority is currently in the process of arranging the shipment of the waste containers back to the UK.

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