Presidential Special Probe Division to Investigate
By Thameenah Razeek
The Presidential Special Probe Division has decided to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the illegal discharge of furnace oil from ships into the environment, as the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has not paid enough attention to the matter, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said. According to Amaraweera, this has cost the country a significant amount of foreign currency and caused massive environmental damage.
The Minister said, as a result, the Presidential Investigation Division will take steps to stop the racket and investigate the vast sums of money lost through it. He also stated that after the President returns from the UN General Assembly, he will meet him and submit a factual report on the amount of dollars lost through the racket.
“Only four enterprises are capable of refining furnace oil. Every year, our ships discharge between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes of furnace oil. However, firms with disposal authorisation can only process 4,800 tonnes per year. What happens to the other 15,200 tonnes is unknown,” he added.