Sri Lanka regulator assessing coal power pollution

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power regulator has started meeting with the communities around a coal power station to go into their complaints over pollution and environmental damage following a court order.

Some communities around Sri Lanka’s 900 MegaWatt coal power station in Puttalam has complained of fly ash and coal dust, while some fishermen have also alleged that warm sea water from cooling the plant could be damaging fish stocks.

In March the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka had formed a committee to study the environmental impact of thermal power plants in Sri Lanka, the regulator said.

Representatives from fishermen, farmers, the Ceylon Electricity Board, Central Environmental Authority, North Western Provincial Environmental Authority,, the Department of Coast Conservation and the Environmental Foundation, an activist group is included.
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court had directed the PUCSL to go into the environmental aspects of the Norochcholai power plant in the course of a fundamental right petition.

"The need of establishing community based committees in order to work hand in hand with the Ceylon Electricity Board to resolve these types of issues that arise from time to time was also discussed in parallel to the development of a regulatory mechanism to address issues in the short, medium and longer term basis," the regulator said.

The committee is expected to meet next on May 22, 2017. (Colombo/Apr29/2017)

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