Posted 05 August 2011, by Staff, The Sunday Observer (The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.), sundayobserver.lk
The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) filed a case in the Court of Appeals seeking an order for an investigation into Arsenic-containing pesticides, today.
Court issued notice on several institutions including the Central Environmental Authority, Consumer Affairs Authority and also the Registration of Pesticides.
The petitioner said that the pesticides imported into Sri Lanka contains harmful constituents such as arsenic, mercury and other haeavy metals and these unauthorised pesticides are imported tot he country by submitting forged and illegal data and documents to the Sri Lankan authorities.
He said using pesticides which contain arsenic is harmful to health as well as to the environment, in many aspects, and therefore requested that a formal investigation be conducted in order to identify them.
(Ed Note: a related article appearing in the ColomboPage is here: Sri Lanka court grants permission to hear petition on agro chemicals containing arsenic)