Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited, filed a Fundamental Rights application in the Supreme Court (SC (Ref) 179/16 – pending support) objecting to the use of coal as a source of energy generation and in particular, the proposed Sampur Coal Power Plant, on the 31st of May 2016. The respondents for the case include, among others, the Ceylon Electricity Board, Central Environmental Authority, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy. The grievances highlighted in the petition include the discrepancies in the EIA as well as the long term environmental and health impacts that a coal power plant will invariably cause. Further to this, the petition also notes that this move is contrary to the long term power generation plan of the GoSL.
The legal team for the Petitioner (EFL), led by President’s Counsel Mr. K. Kanag-Isvaran and dedicated environmental lawyer Ms. Wardani Karunaratne AAL, will be supporting this matter on the 21st of June 2016 in Supreme Court focusing on, inter alia, the unsuitability of coal in terms of health, highlighting the impacts already felt in Norochcholai, and economic benefit when compared with LNG.