Sri Lanka toughens environmental law against factory pollution, waste


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will strengthen its environmental law to enable more affective action against growing industrial pollution, urban waste disposal and illegal buildings, a government spokesman said.

Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Land and Parliamentary Reforms, said the National Environment Act is to be amended to enable authorities better cope with anticipated pollution problems.

The law provides the legal framework for the coordination of all sectors related to the environment at national level and is implemented by the Central Environmental Authority.

Even though the law has been amended several times to suit changing needs, the necessity for further changes has been recognized in order to find solutions for present environmental issues as well as those that may arise in future, Karunathilaka told a news conference.

Planned changes to the law will cover water pollution caused by factories, urban waste related issues and issues caused by illegal constructions.

The Cabinet of ministers this week approved a proposal by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft necessary legislation to amend the National Environmental Act. (COLOMBO, June 15, 2018)






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