Se­menyih plant shuts down again

> Odour pol­lu­tion re­curs at river, cul­prit iden­ti­fied, says Air Se­lan­gor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SONG BOON MUN

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant was shut down due to odour pol­lu­tion yes­ter­day.

Air Se­lan­gor Group head of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions Amin Lin Ab­dul­lah said the pol­lu­tion at the Se­menyih river re­curred at 11am on Mon­day.

He said due to this, a few ar­eas in Hulu Lan­gat, Kuala Lan­gat, Pe­tal­ing Jaya and Sepang would ex­pe­ri­ence wa­ter dis­rup­tion.

This is the fourth time the plant has been shut down for sim­i­lar rea­sons in the last two weeks.

The first three shut­downs oc­curred on Sept 22, 23 and 24.

“We have iden­ti­fied the source of pol­lu­tion from a busi­ness premises lo­cated at Batu 22 1/4, Jalan Sg Lalang, Se­menyih.

“The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment (DOE), Se­lan­gor Wa­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (LUAS) and the Ka­jang Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (MPK) are tak­ing the nec­es­sary ac­tion against the busi­ness op­er­a­tor,” he said in a statement.

He said wa­ter sup­ply would be re­stored in stages as soon as the wa­ter treat­ment plant re­sumes op­er­a­tions.

Amin said re­lief wa­ter sup­ply would be sent by tankers to the af­fected ar­eas.

Con­sumers are urged to get sta­tus up­dates via the “mySYABAS” smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion and at www.syabas.com.my and to re­quest for re­lief wa­ter sup­ply by send­ing their ad­dress by SMS to 15300.

Mean­while, state exco for Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Con­sumer Af­fairs El­iz­a­beth Wong said MPK and DOE have shut down the busi­ness op­er­a­tor for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“The case has been re­ferred to the DOE for fur­ther ac­tion un­der Sec­tion 25 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Act 1974,” she said in a statement.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali vis­ited the fac­tory with per­son­nel from MPK, LUAS and Air Se­lan­gor.

Azmin also took the DOE to task for not send­ing its per­son­nel to the site to col­lect sam­ples of the pol­lu­tion on Mon­day night.

In statement is­sued yes­ter­day, Azmin said as a long-term mea­sure, the state gov­ern­ment would ap­point a river mon­i­tor­ing task force to be placed at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the state.

Above: Toxic chem­i­cals that are be­lieved to have pol­luted the river.

LUAS per­son­nel col­lect­ing wa­ter sam­ples for test­ing.

Anita with her bike at the podium.

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