EPA to seek legal advice over fining STELCO

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will seek legal advice from the Attorney General over fining the State Electricity Company (STELCO) for environmental damages.

On March 30 an STELCO oil pipe buried under Male’s ring road Boduthakurufaanumagu burst, leaking large quantities of oil into the track swimming area, frequented by school children and the public.

Following the accident with the oil pipe, the EPA discovered 4.4ml of oil in the swimming area in its thrice-weekly inspections.

EPA Director Ibrahim Naeem told MNBC One that the agency has decided to fine STELCO as the company was responsible for the damage. However he did not reveal the amount of fines to be levied.

In February this year, the EPA fined STELCO Rf400,000 (US$25,900) after large quantities of oil kept in barrels in the Gaakoshi plot in Male’ seeped into the ground.