CEA Looks for Pollutants After Ship Disaster
By Thameenah Razeek
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has analysed groundwater near Negombo and found minor changes as a result of the X-Press Pearl fire, but no major issues have been revealed yet. However, they stated that there is no serious concern at the moment and they will conduct more tests despite current results. Heamantha Jayasinghe, Director General of the CEA, said they began collecting samples two days ago and are now receiving findings that show no signs of deterioration.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to state that there has been no contamination. We're still testing and analysing our data, and make a decision as soon as results are available,” he said yesterday (3). Meanwhile, Prof. A. Navaratnerajah, Chairman of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), stated that samples have already been taken to determine whether the seawater has been contaminated. He went on to say that it will take time to calculate the results, which is why the fisher community was asked to refrain from fishing.