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Environmental Protection Licensing

The Environmental Protection License (EPL) is a regulatory/legal tool under the provisions of the National Environmental Act No: 47 of 1980 amended by Acts No 56 of 1988 and No 53 of 2000. Industries and activities which required an EPL are listed in Gazette Notification No 1533/16 dated 25.01.2008. Industries are classified under 3 lists i.e., List "A","B" and "C" depending on their pollution potential.

Part "A" comprises of 80 significantly high polluting industrial activities and Part "B" comprises of 33 numbers of medium level polluting activities. EPL for industries in lists "A" and “B” have to be obtained from the relevant Provincial Offices or District Offices of the CEA.

Part "C" comprises of 25 low polluting industrial activities which have been delegated to Local Government Authorities, namely Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas. EPL for the industries in List "C" has to be obtained from the respective Local Authorities. The Local Authorities carry out issuing of EPLs and related functions such as follow up, monitoring and law enforcement.

Objectives of the Environmental Protection Licence (EPL)

  • To prevent or minimize the release of discharges and emissions into the environment from prescribed (industrial) activities in compliance with national discharge and emission standards.

  • To develop an approach to pollution control that considers discharges from prescribed (industrial) processes to all media (air, water, land) in the context of the effect on the environment.

  • To contain the burden on industry, in particular by providing guidance on pollution control for polluting processes.

  • To ensure that the system responds flexibly both to changing pollution abatement technology and to new knowledge such as cleaner production, waste minimization etc.

Validity Period of an EPL

  • Prescribed industrial activities coming under List A-Maximum of one year from the effective date of the Licence.

  • Prescribed industrial activities coming under List B-Maximum of three years from effective date of the Licence.

  • Prescribed industrial activities coming under List C-Maximum of three years from the effective date of the Licence

Standards and Criteria

Section 23 A of the National Environmental Act (NEA) explicitly states that no person shall carry out any prescribed activity except under the authority of an EPL and in accordance with such standards and other criteria as may be prescribed under the Act.

The standards for discharge of wastewater into the environment were published in the Gazette Notification No. 1534/18 dated 01/02/2008 termed as the National Environmental (Protection & Quality) Regulations No 01 of 2008.
Wastewater Discharge Standards

Standards were also gazetted for the control of noise emissions from industries by the Gazette Notification no. 924/12 dated 23.05.1996 termed as National Environmental (Noise Control) Regulations No. 01 of 1996.
National Environmental (Noise Control)Regulations 1996

Interim standards on vibration control are being imposed on the following vibration causing activities until such time the final vibration control standards are gazetted.

Interim standards for vibration of the Oparation of Mechinery, Construction Activities and Vehicle Movements Traffic

Interim standards on Air Blast Over Pressure and Ground Vibration for Blasting Activities

Standas for Inconvenience of the occupeants in buildings

Note:

The CEA may by a direction impose more stringent standards and criteria than those stipulated at present in respect of any particular industry, operation or process, having regard to the need to protect the receiving environment.

Procedure on Issuing EPL for Industrial activities

Environmental Protection Licences for industries in List “A” and list “B” in Gazette Notification No:1533/16 dated 25.01.2008is issued by the relevant Provincial/District offices of the CEA while Environmental Protection Licences for in the List “C” is issued by the relevant Local Authority.

Procedure for issuing an EPL for industrial activities in List A and List B.

  • Step 1: Application Procedure

EPL application is published in the Form A of the schedule II of the Gazette Notification No. 1534/18 dated 01/02/2008
The application form could be obtained from the CEA Headquarters, Provincial and District Offices. It could be downloaded from the CEA website www.cea.lk

Duly filled application shall be submitted for each prescribed activity to the relevant Provincial Office or District Office of the CEA.
The applicant must provide all the particulars requested in the application form and submit to the PO or DO with following supporting documents.

  1. Certificate for the Registration of Business

  2. Legal authorization to use the land for the particular industrial activity. (Copy of deed, copy of the Lease agreement of the land etc.)

  3. Copy of Survey Plan of the land.

  4. Legal authorization for establishing the particular industry at the site. (Certificate of Conformity/Trade License or Consent paper from relevant LA)

  5. Production Certificate necessary for specific products. (Distilleries, medicinal products, pesticide manufacturing etc.)

  6. Proposal for pollutant abatement.

  7. Any other detail/document requested by the Authority

 

  • Step 2: Pre-Evaluation of the Application

Relevant Provincial/ District office of the CEA will pre-evaluate to check the relevancy of issuing the EPL, the adequacy of the details furnished and to determine the inspection fee to be requested. Then the application will proceed to step 3 and the rest go back to the step 1.

  • Step 3: Determination and payment of inspection fee

Based on the details furnished by the industrialist, the relevant Provincial/District Office decides the amount of the inspection fee to be paid and a written request will be made to the industrialist. At present minimum amount is Rs: 3427.20 and maximum amount is Rs: 11424.00(with government approved Tax)
The industrialist has to make such payment to the relevant Provincial/District Office, Head Office or any other Provincial/District office of the CEA. After the payment is made the receipt should be submitted to the relevant Provincial/District Office. Once the receipt is received, proceed to the step 4.

  • Step 4: Field Inspection

A team of officers will carry out a field inspection in order to assess the data furnished in the application with respect to the industry and to decide the possibility to operate such industry with controlling pollution.

  • Step 5: Inspection Report with Recommendations

Inspection team will prepare a report based on the field inspection details regarding the industry, technical reports provided by the applicant and social aspects along with their recommendations. If the site is recommended proceed to step 6

If the recommendation suggested requesting a proposal for additional pollution control measures, the industrialist will be informed to fulfill such request. Decision to issue the EPL will be made based on the evaluation of the additional details provided by the applicant. Proceed to step 6.

If it is decided to refuse issuing of the licence, the applicant will be informed accordingly.

According to the provisions of the National Environmental Act, any applicant for a licence who is aggrieved by the refusal by the Authority to grant a licence may within thirty (30) days, after the date of notification of such decision to him/her, appeal in writing against such decision, to the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment.

  • Step 6: Approval for issuing EPL

Authorized officers of the CEA grant approval for issuing of EPL based on the recommendation made by the inspection team and then Legal Division of the CEA grant legal approval for the draft conditions of the EPL.

  • Step 7: Licence Fee

Once the legal approval is granted; the industrialist is requested to pay the Licence Fee so as to enable the CEA to issue an EPL for the industrial activity.
Details of Licence Fee

  1. Industrial activities in List A-Rs: 7,500.00 per Licence / for not more than one year
  2. Industrial activities in List B-Rs:-6,000.00 per Licence/for not more than 03(three) years.
  • Step 8: Issuing EPL

Once the licence fee is paid the licence will be issued with the signature of the authorized signatory for a period of time not more than the period as specified in the gazette. List "A"- one year; Lists "B" and "C" three years

Procedure on Issuing EPL for Industrial activities in the List C

Issuing of EPL for the industrial activities in the List "C" was delegated to the Local Authorities (Municipal Council, Urban Council, and Pradeshiya Sabha) with effect from 14.02.2008
Under mentioned procedure is applied, when issuing an EPL for industrial activities in the List "C".

  • Step 1: Application Procedure

EPL application is published in the Form A of the schedule II of the Gazette Notification No. 1534/18 dated 01/02/2008
The application form could be obtained from the Provincial, District Offices of CEA. It could be downloaded from the CEA website - www.cea.lk
For the purpose of applying a duly filled application shall be submitted for each prescribed activity to the relevant Local Authority where the industry is located.
The applicant must provide all the particulars requested in the application form.

  1. Certificate for the Registration of Business

  2. Legal authorization to use the land for particular industrial activity. (Copy of deed, copy of the Lease agreement of the land etc.)

  3. Copy of Survey Plan of the land.

  4. Production Certificate necessary for specific products. (distilleries, medicinal products, pesticide manufacturing etc.)

  5. Proposal for pollutant abatement.

  6. Any other detail/document requested by the Authority
  • Step 2: Pre-evaluation of the Application

Relevant Local Authority will pre-evaluate the relevancy for issuing of EPL, the adequacy of the details furnished and determine the inspection fee to be paid.

  • Step 3: Determination and payment of inspection fee

Based on the details furnished; the relevant Local Authority decides inspection fee to be paid by the industrialist and written request will be made to the industrialist to make such payment. Payment is to be made to the Local Authority. Once the payment is made a receipt should be obtained from the Local Authority. When the receipt is received, proceed to the step 4.

  • Step 4: Field inspection

An Inspection team will carry out field inspection in order to assess the data in the application with respect to the proposed industry and to determine the suitability of the site for the particular industrial activity.

  • Step 5: Inspection report and Recommendation

Inspection team prepares a report based on the field inspection, concern literature, technical reports provided by the applicant and social aspects including their suggestions. The report that is prepared by the Inspection team is submitted to the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC). The committee is appointed by the respective Local Authority. Responsibility of the TEC is to advise Local Authority in subject of licensing procedure. Divisional Environmental Officer of the Provincial/ District office of the CEA who are assigned to the respective Local Authority area functions as the Secretary to the TEC.

  • Step 6: Technical Evaluation Committee

The TEC make their recommendation based on the report that is received from the Inspection team and other relevant documents related to the industry.

The TEC may decide to carry out a field inspection by them; the next step will be taken based on the inspection report of the TEC.

If the recommendations of the TEC suggested requesting proposal for additional pollution control measures; the industrialist will be informed to fulfill such request and proceed to the step 7 will be decided based on the evaluation of the additional reports provided by the applicant.

If the TEC recommends to refuse granting EPL the applicant will be informed accordingly. According to the provisions of the National Environmental Act, any applicant for a licence who is aggrieved by the refusal by the Local Authority to grant a licence, may within thirty (30) days, after the date of notification of such decision to him/her, appeal in writing against such decision, could be forwarded to the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment.

  • Step 7: Approval for issuing EPL

Authorized person of the Local Authority grants approval for issuing of EPL based on the recommendations made by the inspection team and TEC.

  • Step 8: Licence Fee

Once the approval is granted; the industrialist is requested to pay the License Fee; so as to enable the Local Authority to issue an EPL for the industrial activity.
Industrial activities in List C - Rs. 4,000.00 per Licence/for not more than 03(three) years.

  • Step 9: Issuing EPL

Once the license fee is paid the license is issued with authorized signatory for maximum of three years.

Renewal of EPL

(A) Renewal of the EPL FOR activities in list "A" and List"B"

An EPL renewal application has to be forwarded for each prescribed activity

  1. Before three months prior to the date of expiry of the EPL.
  2. Before one month effecting any changes alterations or extensions to the activity.
  • Step1: Application procedure

EPL Renewal application is published in Gazette notification no.1534/18 of 01/02/2008 also it could be obtained from CEA Head office, PO/DO., and It could be down loaded from CEA website www.cea.lk
Duly filled application shall be submitted for each prescribed activity to relevant PO or DO.

  • Step: 2 Field Inspections
  1. A team of officers of CEA will carry out a field inspection to ascertain whether the conditions stipulated by the previous EPL are violated.

  2. It is not necessary to pay inspection fee for the inspection carried out in order to EPL renewal.

  3. The applicant/industrialist will be informed to have relevant pollution control measures if the violation of conditions observed.

  • Step 3 Licence fee for the renewal

The license fee for any renewal of EPL is same as previous EPL, and the validity period of the renewal is mentioned in the licence.
After the payment of the EPL fee issuing of the licence will be considered.

(B) Renewal of the EPL issued by a Local Authority (L/A) - Activities in list "C"

The CEA is not in a position to renew an EPL issued by a L/A, and the industrialist has to apply to relevant L.A for renewal.
Follow up monitoring of Industrial Activities

Follow up monitoring of industrial activities is carried out to;

  1. Check the performance of pollution control systems established in the industry.

  2. Check whether the industry complies with conditions stipulated in the EPL.

  3. Check whether there is any change, expansion or alteration to the industrial process.

Monitoring activities are carried out by;

  1. Inspecting the industries at regular intervals.
  2. Going through the reports on wastewater analysis, noise/ vibration measurements and reports on efficiency/evaluation of pollution control systems adapted in an industrial activity.

In these instances the industrialists will be requested to consult reputed laboratories to obtain such test reports periodically, as may be indicated in the EPL.

Initiating Legal Proceedings against industries

Legal proceedings are adopted under part IV A of the NEA when;

  1. An industrial activity/ process acts in violation of any terms, conditions and standards stipulated in the licence.

  2. The prescribed industries who do not obtain an EPL

  3. A prescribed activity emits waste to the environment with out conforming to the stipulated standards.

If the industrialist continues to violate the conditions legal action will be initiated.

Legal Procedure includes following cause of actions

  1. Cancellation /suspension of EPL

  2. Rejection of application for EPL

  3. Hearing of appeals by the secretary of the Ministry of Environment.

  4. Sending Legal Notices

  5. Filing Cases.

EIA/IEE

The importance of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as an effective tool for the purpose of integrating environmental considerations into development planning is highly recognized in Sri Lanka. The EIA helps to identify the likely effects of a particular project on the environment, at an early stage. It also finds ways to reduce unacceptable impacts and to shape the project so that it suits the local environment. It helps officials make decisions about a project and helps the project proponent achieve his aims more successfully. Thus the EIA can be considered as a major planning tool and one of the key techniques to achieve sustainable development.


EIA has also become a mandatory requirement for establishment of development projects in Sri Lanka under the National Environmental Act as well as under few other le

Environmental Recommendation

Assessing site suitability is one of the most important procedures adopted by the CEA for non- prescribed activities under the EIA regulations. All proposed industrial activities which are going to be sited outside the industrial estates approved under part IV C of the National Environmental Act those which are provided with proper environmental infrastructure facilities such as common waste water treatment systems etc. are required to adopt and manage with environmentally sound pollution control measures before the operational stage.

Therefore all potential industrial sites or the establishment of new industrial activities which are not subject to EIA , particularly the small and Medium scale industries (SMIS) are advised to obtain environmental recommendation from the CEA for the proposed sites.

In considering the suitability, the proposed sites are evaluated in terms of its compatibility with respect to the zoning plans of relevant local Authorities surrounding land use, land availability for buffer zones, and the capacity of the area to receive additional pollution load and waste disposal requirements.
The main objective of the environmental recommendation procedure is to take adequate mitigatory measures in advance to abate or minimize the anticipated environment pollution arising from a proposed industrial activity.

The EPL is granted to the industries which conform to the standards stipulated by the CEA to mitigate pollution from existing industries i.e., which discharge, deposit their effluents/wastes to the environment or emit noise or gases to the environment. But there are instances where some industrialists find difficulty to comply with the standards as they have located their industries in a haphazard manner without incorporating the mitigatory measures at the beginning.

In order to overcome this problem and control the possible pollution at the initial stage the Environmental Recommendation is granted by the CEA. This is beneficiary to both the CEA as well as the industrialists in various aspects. The CEA gets benefit by controlling the possible pollution at the initial stage and the industrialists gets the same if they adhere to the conditions stipulated in the Environmental Recommendation.

Procedure to obtain Environmental Recommendation

    1. Obtaining an application from the CEA Head Office and CEA Provincial/District Offices

    2. Submission of the duly filled application form to the CEA with relevant documents needed. (survey plan of the site, building plan if any, route sketch of the proposed site from the nearest town)

    3. If the application form is duly filled and relevant documents submitted, a written request will be made to the applicant to pay the inspection fee. At present Minimum amount is Rs:3360/- and Maximum amount is Rs: 11200/-( with Government approved tax)

    4. After the payment of the Inspection fee ,a field inspection will be carried out by a team of officers of the CEA

If the site could be recommended, issue of the Environmental Recommendation to the Municipal Commissioner /Chairman of the relevant Local Authority with conditions to mitigate the possible environmental pollution. A copy of the ER will be sent to the applicant and to any other organizations/firms if related.

Information Services

Library Services

Inquiry Service

The center operates an inquiry service for clients. Inquiries could be channeled by telephone, in writing or in persons. Literature searches are also undertaken for client from resources available in the Library.

Reference Service

The Centre is open for references during working hours. Photocopying facilities are provided when necessary.

Current Awareness Service

The staff of the CEA are kept informed of the material available, in the library in their specific fields of interest, either manually or through e-mail. Environmental Content service,New accessions and , Newspaper/journal Index are used for this service.

Online searching service

The entire Catalogue of the Centre is available online.
A large collection of Newspaper and Journal Articles related to environment is available at the Centre.Information of author, title,volume , issue , date etc related to the newspaper, Journal are included to the Environmental index and it is available online.

Internet Access

The Center provides its members access its online Databases through Internet.

Special Collections

The Collection of following materials are also available for references.

Service Hours
The center is open to the interested public from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm on Weekdays.

  • Chandrika Dabare
    Senior Librarian
    NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION CENTRE
    CENTRAL ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORITY
    No. 104, DenzilKobbekaduwaMawatha
    "ParisaraPiyasa"
    Battaramulla
    Sri Lanka.

  • Tel: 094112876642

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Laboratory Services

Services of Air Quality, Noise and Vibration Monitoring Unit

Testing facilities are available for noise and air quality under commercial basis. Please contact us for further information

  • Director Laboratory Services
Tel : 0117877281
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  • Deputy Director Laboratory Services
Tel : 0117877282
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Water Quality Measurements

The CEA laboratory undertakes following laboratory tests on commercial basis.

Parameter

Fee Rs

Parameter

Fee Rs

Collection of composite sample for one hour ( up to six hours)1-6

600/hour

BOD Manometric

550

hours with Flow rate

 

BOD Winkler

700

Collection of composite sample per hour (less than 6 hours )

800 /hour

Oil & Grease

1000

   

Ammonia

500

Temperature/pH/Electrical Conductivity/Salinity/Turbidity

400

Nitrate Colouirmetric method

500

Total Solids

600

Nitrite Colorimetric method)

350

Total Suspended Solids

400

Total Nitrogen

500

Total Dissolved Solids By Meter

400

Phosphate (colorimetic method)

500

Total Dissolved Solids

400

Chloride Titrametric method

350

Dissolved Oxygen

250

Bicarbonate

250

Sulphide

450

Total Hardness Titrametric method

300

SulphateGravemetric method

450

Magnecium

250

Residual Chlorine

300

Calcium

250

Dissolved Oxygen

250

Total Coliform

500

COD (Open Reflux and Titrametric method)

700

Feacal Coliform

500

    Heavy Metal /Other Metals 900 - 1250

In addition to the above, 15% of overhead and government taxes( 2% NBT and 12% VAT ) will be added to the total amount.

Scheduled Waste Management Licensing

Hazardous Waste have been defined as the Scheduled Waste and prescribed under the Gazette Extra Ordinary 1534/18 Dated 01.02.2008.

As per the regulations stipulated under the Part II of the National Environmental (Protection & Quality) Regulations No 01 of 2008 all persons involved in the handling of (Generate, Collect, Transport, Store, Recover or Recycle and Disposal of waste or establish any site or facility for the disposal) Scheduled Waste specified in the Schedule VIII of the regulation should obtain a license from the Central Environmental Authority.

The Scheduled Waste Management Licensing Procedure

  • Step 1: Submission of the duly filled application for the Scheduled Waste Management together with the supportive documents.

Documents required/ Supportive documents

  1. Business registration
  2. Site plan
  3. Waste Management plan and related agreements
  4. Route sketch to the site
  5. Any other relevant approvals and documents
  • Step 2: Payment of the inspection fee

Inspection fee is only charged for the initial inspection.
Those industries which have been obtained the Environmental Protection License (EPL) from the Central Environmental Authority are exempted from the inspection fee.

  • Step 3: Site inspection

Officers of the Waste Management Unit/ CEA will carry out the site inspection.

  • Step 4: Issuance of the License

If the Hazardous Waste Management practices are satisfactory license is issued after the payment of the License fee.


License fee :

Generator Rs 1 000.00
Collector Rs 1 000.00
Storer Rs 10 000.00
Transporter Rs 2 000.00
Recycler Rs 5 000.00
Recoverer Rs 5 000.00
Disposer Rs 100 000.00

Public Complaints Related to Environment

Public Complaints Related to the CEA

Complaints about environmental pollution matters that come under activities of 'A' & 'B' categories published by  the Gazette No. 1533/ 16 dated 25/01/2008 should be reported to us. Please kindly consider that the CEA is not in a position to investigate on other complains which do not come under the mandate of the CEA according to the provisions of the National Environment Act No. 47 of 1980 as amended. Pollution incidents and complaints about environmental management matters that come under the CEA's purview should be reported in the first instance to the relevant Provincial/District Office of the CEA in where the incident occurred. When you contactedthe Provincial/District Office, the matter will be investigated and  youwill be informed about the action taken.

What are the problems that can be solved by Local Authorities ?

Local Authorities (Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and PradeshiyaSabhas) have been empowered  for investigating and resolving complaints about pollution and environmental management  matters in their functional areas under activities of "C" category published by the Gazette notification No. 1533/16 and dated 25/01/2008.
When you have made a complaint to the relevant local authority on an environmental issue that comes under the purview of it, and if the local authority fails to respond to your complaint and if the environmental pollution problem persists as well, you should then contact the Commissioner of Local Government in the particular Province. Copies of all correspondence between yourself and the local authority should be submitted along with details of your complaint.

What are the other responsible institutions that can help you?

 

Type of complaint

Where to complaint / Responsible Institution

01.

Mining activities such as sand mining, quarry blasting and earth cutting.

Geological Survey & Mines Buero

02.

Erection of Telecommunication towers.

Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC)

03.

Reclamation of lands

Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation (SLRDC)

04.

Wildlife and habitat protection matters

Wild Life Department

05.

Any complaint pertaining to BOI approved industries

Board of Investment

06

Any complaints pertaining along the coast

Coast Conservation Department

07.

Filling of paddy lands

Agrarian Services Commission

08.

Municipal Waste Dumping

Local Authorities

It is preferable to make your complaint to us in writing.  If you follow up any telephone complaint with the submission of a written complaint using the complaint form provided it will be helpful to carry out an effective and comprehensive investigation.

Please note that anonymous complaints are not encouraged. In many cases insufficient or vague details are supplied and it makes the investigation very inefficient and sometimes impossible. Moreover, the lack of complainant’s details means that we, the CEA, cannot report back on our investigation to you.

However, where you do wish your name and contact details to be kept confidential, this will be respected and will not be divulged.

Provisions of GIS/RS Services

  1. Maps , data & information

 

  1. GIS Related Services
  • Obtaining GPS points
  • Digitizing maps
  • Scanning and printing maps(up to A0 scale)
  • Map preparation
  • Analyzing satellite images
  • Development of GIS & Remote Sensing Databases

* Charges for the service provided would be based on the scope of the work and the output required by the client

Contacts :

  • Director ( Research& Development)
    Tel /Fax - 0112867263
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