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The Colombo Commercial High Court today ordered the Director General of Customs and the Registrar of Pesticides to stop the release of fertiliser allegedly contaminated by arsenic and mercury until further notice.
 
The order was made on Customs Director General Sudharma Karunaratna and Pesticides Registrar Neville Gunawardena after considering the submissions made by Counsel Ravindranath Dabare.
 
The petitioner – Centre for Environmental Justice – said Ms. Karunaratne had retained in her custody several containers of the allegedly contaminated fertiliser which were hazardous to the environment and to humans.
 
The petitioner said Mr. Gunawardena had directed that the fertiliser be released to the market.
 
The petitioner asked that laboratory tests be carried out by the National Toxicology and Toxinology Centre and said the health services director had sent samples to the Department of Forensic Medicine and to the Colombo JMO Ananda Samarasekera for examination and it was confirmed that the fertiliser was contaminated with arsenic and mercury.
 
The petitioner said the customs had taken steps to release the fertiliser to the importers after levying a fine. (T. Farook Thajudeen)

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  • upali Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:10 AM

    What accredited or reliable facilities do these labs identified above for the purpose contain to test for Arsenic and mercury. where are we heading ?. Please be scientific and use proper science to assess what people tell without a basic knowledge of what they are talking about.

    gamage Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:20 AM

    stop importing fertiliser let our famers do with dung as the country will also prosper with the breeding of cows may be make use of the garbage to make compost why not fertliser is it really good to import and each time the ships come are they checked if their not with toxic waste ??


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