Colombo, July 27 (BAN/ AD): CEA Director General Hemantha Jayasinghe on Saturday has said that legal action against importers of industrial waste without the proper a licence which has resulted in a public outcry. He said Hayleys Free Zone Ltd., ETL Colombo (Pvt) Limited and Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, were responsible for the importing, reprocessing and re-exporting the consignment of industrial waste.
He said the importer has been ordered to take back the waste material to the country of origin immediately. Further it has been instructed to take immediate steps to prevent any liquid or other effluents polluting the environment.
Importing company Hayleys Free Zone Ltd (HFZ) has said the 102 containers lying at the Port of Colombo had no connection with it. The company said they were imported by Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation (Pvt) Ltd., which was the actual owner of the cargo.