Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority (CEA) today temporarily revoked a suspension order it imposed on the Environmental Protection License (EPL) of the Coca-Cola beverage factory in Biyagama.
The CEA last week suspended the EPL granted to the Coca-Cola beverage factory after the factory was found to be responsible for an oil leakage into the Kelani River polluting the drinking water supply.
It has been found that the water in the Kelani River at Kaduwela and Biyagama areas had been contaminated as a result of the oil leakage from an underground fuel pipeline at the beverage manufacturing plant.
Chairman of CEA Prof. Lal Dharmasiri told media that the Coca Cola Company in Biyagama has taken measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. He said the CEA has decided to revoke the suspension order temporarily after its officials inspected the factory and the affected area.
The contamination resulted in curtailing water supply to Colombo, Kotte and Dehiwala-Mt Lavinia areas on two occasions. It also damaged the Ambatale water pumping plant and the CEA had reportedly incurred a huge expense repairing the plant. The Coca-Cola Company however, has undertaken to reimburse the expenses incurred by the CEA.
The CEA will continue to inspect the processes and measures taken by the factory to address the issue, the Chairman said.