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Saturday September 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday September 7, 2013 MYT 6:55:19 AM
by rahimy rahim AND natasha joibi
PETALING JAYA: The Department of Environment (DOE) is finalising the investigation papers over the diesel spill that polluted a tributary of Sungai Selangor, said its director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan.
“We take the matter seriously and are monitoring the area every day. We will be forwarding our report (on the investigation) to the deputy public prosecutors for further action,” she said yesterday.
She noted that DOE had beefed up enforcement at six high-risk river basins in Selangor to avoid similar accidents.
“We have instructed our officers in the state to identify and monitor the source of six high-risk river basins in Sungai Selangor, Sungai Semenyih, Sungai Langat, Sungai Muda, Sungai Muar and Sungai Johor which provide treated water as well as complete their inventory in monitoring the causes of pollution via spatial mapping,” she said.
She urged the public to act as the department’s watchdog and report pollution cases to the respective DOE offices.
On Aug 30, a tanker overturned at a workshop in Rawang, spilling diesel into Sungai Selangor. The spillage resulted in the closure of four treatment plants which supply water to millions of consumers in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
The owner of the workshop, who was allegedly responsible for the spillage, blamed his workers instead.
On Thursday, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) announced the de-activation of its emergency response operations as water supply was expected to be fully restored by today.
“If people know what to do in such a crisis, then it will reduce the stress level,” he said.
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