Nab­bing pol­lu­tion cul­prits via ac­counts

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PETALING JAYA: Ac­coun­tants should be brought in to trace fac­to­ries that are dump­ing toxic waste into rivers.

Ke­lana Jaya MP Wong Chen said this could be a way to find the cul­prits be­hind the in­ci­dences which shut down the Sun­gai Se­menyih water treat­ment plant nu­mer­ous times in the past month.

“The ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion is to track records of in­dus­trial waste out­put of each fac­tory and counter check with their dis­posal costs.

“If a fac­tory is found to have slashed spend­ing sub­stan­tially on dis­posal of in­dus­trial waste in the last year, then we can as­sume they are en­gag­ing in il­le­gal dump­ing.

“A ma­jor dis­crep­ancy in the ac­counts should be a ba­sis for a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion and raid by en­force­ment of­fi­cers,” Wong said in a state­ment on Face­book yes­ter­day.

He added that the state gov­ern­ment should also set up a bench­mark in an­nual waste out­put for each in­dus­try so any un­usual amounts would be de­tected.

This may be more ef­fec­tive than send­ing more pa­trols to rivers, he said, adding that heads must roll for the re­cent dis­rup­tions af­fect­ing more than a mil­lion con­sumers in Se­lan­gor.

Wong also urged the state gov­ern­ment to im­prove its emer­gency water de­liv­ery sys­tem so that it will be able to de­liver in greater quan­ti­ties, more reg­u­larly, and in a more timely man­ner. – by Lee Choon Fai

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