Ammonia tragedy: CEA suspends factory operations

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has ordered to suspend the functions and operations of the Rubber Factory in Horana where five people were killed due to an ammonia gas exposure yesterday.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Director General of the CEA Hemantha Jayasinghe said the
functions of the factory would be halted until the investigations were concluded.

“The factory will be shut down after considering the report of the investigations and the inspections of the CEA,” D.G Jayasinghe said.

Meanwhile, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya yesterday requested the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to close down the rubber factory and cancel its lisence.

He said the factory had not obtained permission from the Horana Pradeshiya Sabha and that the residents had complained to the authorities of the harm done to the environment by the factory. (Sheain Fernandopulle and Thilanka Kanakarathna)