Industrialists defy law
Sep 12, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Around 6,980 industrial ventures belonging to all categories have found to be operating illegally violating environment protection laws, a Central Environment Authority (CEA) survey revealed.
CEA Chairman Charitha Herath said that these industries were found to be operating without an Environment Protection Certificate sanctioned as essential by the authorities. He said the CEA would initiate legal action against these industries using powers vested in them under the National Environment Act. The Certificate is given by the CEA to companies after assessing their operational procedures to see whether they comply with environmental regulations. The program uses a methodological assessment of operations with respect to contamination and general risks.