Aug 03, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Dipped Products Plc, a top glove exporter says its factory is not polluting groundwater but production has been halted until further tests are carried out by authorities. The Industrial Technology Institute, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, University of Moratuwa and the University of Kelaniya are now probing the matter, he said.
“We are prepared to offer whatever support is required to ensure that a full and fair investigation is carried out,” he said.
“We also urge the responsible authorities concerned to conduct their investigation in a speedy manner so that our good image can be restored.”
He claimed that those will “narrow political agendas” are creating a violent atmosphere and asked them to cease “hostilities” and work towards a solution.
Dipped Products is said to produce five percent of the world’s non-medical rubber gloves with the Weliweriya factory producing 45 percent of its output.
Protesting villagers had blamed the factory for polluting well water. The violence turned deadly last week after the military was deployed and security forces shot dead an unarmed protestor, residents said.