Fly ash headache at Norochcholai over?



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by Ifham Nizam


The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) yesterday claimed to have taken measures to put an end to fly ash from the first coal-fired plant in Norochcholai causing respiratory problems to humans apart from affecting plantations in the area.


The Island reliably learns that the problem has been resolved with the Holcim cement plant resuming production with fly ash as a raw material.


When contacted, CEB Additional General Manager (Generation) M. C. Wickremasekera said the CEB would do its utmost to prevent that from happening again.


He said that there were enough people to collect the ash on a daily basis, but the problem was its disposal. Due to a labour dispute at the Holcim cement plant which used ash from the Norochocolai plant had resulted in heaps of ash accumulating at the plant site and being blown into the environment by the monsoon winds and causing immense hardships to people living in the surrounding, he said


Centre for Environmental Justice, Executive Director, Hemantha Vithanage, said that fly ash and ash produced from burning of powdered coal severely affected crops and affected people’s lungs.


"The current dispersal of both kinds of ash is a clear indication that pollution mitigation strategies have not been followed and are studying the situation before taking legal action," he added.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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