The Minister of Finance pledges to conduct an extensive inquiry on individuals importing waste into the country, and initiate legal proceedings

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Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera pledges to conduct an extensive inquiry on individuals importing waste into the country, and initiate legal proceedings.

Responding to a question raised by MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament today, the Minister said, importing waste to the country in this manner is not only an issue, it is a crime, which violates the Environmental Act.
From the 27th of September 2017 to the 2nd of March 2018, 241 containers have been imported, out of which 111 have been detained at the Colombo Port.

The Minister further stated, measures will be taken to amend the regulations of the gazette issued on the 11th of July 2013 in this regard.

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