Govt instals automatic gas detectors in Pasir Gudang

Yeo (right) and Sahruddin at a special meeting to discuss the results of the Loading Analysis and Carrying Capacity in Pasir Gudang. — Bernama

ISKANDAR PUTERI: A total of 25 automatic gas detectors called Photo-Ionised Detectors (PID) will be installed in the industrial area of Pasir Gudang for air quality monitoring purposes, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

She said the installation of the devices, at a cost of RM2.52mil, was to create a real-time alert system which would enable enforcement action to be taken quickly.

To-date, Yeo said 23 PIDs, which would be able to detect the total volatile organic compound (TVOC) in the air, had been installed, while the remaining two would be in place by the end of this month.

“Once the installation is completed, they will undergo a baseline calibration process for three months before they become fully operational.

“Pasir Gudang is also expected to be the first industrial area in Malaysia to be equipped with a real- time alert system for TVOC by the second quarter of next year, ” she said after a special meeting to discuss the results of the Loading Analysis and Carrying Capacity in Pasir Gudang here.

Also present were Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal and Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Norlin Jaafar.

Yeo said the installation of the PID was one of seven key measures taken by the government to improve environmental quality control in Pasir Gudang.

She said the Cabinet had approved an allocation of RM17.7mil to improve the country’s air quality monitoring system, which also included the installation of the PID in Pasir Gudang. — Bernama

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