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Pollution caused by oil slicks on the rise

Jul 7, 2010 4:22:41 AM - itnnews.lk

Sea pollution which occurs due to oil slicks is on the rise. The Marine Environmental Protection Authority points out that about 70 percents of oil slicks occur within the environs of airports and harbours.

Sea pollution is mainly attributed to oil leaks from terminals close to the sea and in the process of pumping fuel to vessels and also in the distribution process. The Marine Environmental Protection Authority, the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department, the Coast Conservation Department and the Central Environmental Authority are jointly implementing a legal network.

Action is being initiated to impose a fine of not less than four million rupees if oil or other polluted material is released to Sri Lankan waters. The Environmental Protection Authority says that several other programmes have also been planned.