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National Oil Spill Contingency Plan

Protection of the marine and coastal environment from pollution is of high priority for Sri Lanka. Oil spills have the potential to cause serious adverse impact on marine environment. It is not always possible to prevent oil spills occurring and thus the occasional need arises to face the consequences of oil spills.

“Marine Pollution” is a subject the responsibility of which is vested in the Minister in Charge of the subject of “Environment”.

“The Marine Pollution Prevention Act No. 35 of 20081” has designated the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) as the “Agency responsible for marine pollution prevention related activity”. Formulation and implementation of National Oil Spill Contingency Plan is one of its more important functions. The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCOP) which has been prepared by the MEPA provides a guide and control on has to deal with an oil spill contingency.

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