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* Factory alleged of contaminating water in Sri Lanka would be closed if found hazardous
Wed, Aug 7, 2013, 11:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says it would take measures to shut down the controversial glove making factory in Nedungamuwa, Weliweriya of Gampaha district if investigations found that the factory has released hazardous material to the environment.

The company, Sri Lanka's top rubber glove maker and exporter, Dipped Products PLC of Hayleys Group that has been alleged of contaminating the ground water in the area.

Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna from the Gampaha District who participated in the negotiations with the villagers told parliament that the government would not hesitate to shut down the factory if it is found to have polluted the environment.

He said the matter was now before court and that the court has called for a probe on the environmental impact.

"We will close the factory if the court gives a ruling to the effect," Alagiyawanna said, adding that the court ruling would be made soon after the investigation is completed.

Dipped Products, which manufactures latex glove products and exports them to more than 70 countries in the world is a key foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka.

The company has strongly denied the accusation that its operations causing environmental and water pollution.

In a statement the company said recently that the factory in question is ISO 14000 certified and complies with all environmental guidelines.

"Our effluent water quality is regularly tested by the National Building and Research Organization and our facility operates with valid Environmental Protection Licence," the Managing Director of Dipped Products said.

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