DOE to investigate Banting paper factory over pollution claims

THE Department of Environment (DOE) will investigate a waste paper factory operating near the Taman Bakti housing area in Banting, Selangor following complaints from residents.

Environment Minister Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the department director had been asked to conduct the investigation.

"Thanks to the complainants and The Star for highlighting the worries of the residents.

"They have complained about the sound, odour and water pollution said to have been caused by the factory, which is located within a radius of 150m from the housing area and schools," he said in a statement on his Facebook page on Tuesday (Sept 1).

The minister's statement was in response to a StarMetro report on Monday (Aug 31) on the complaints of the residents and a local association.

They expressed concerns that the factory's proximity to their housing area would affect their health and safety, especially the children in nearby schools.

DOE director-general Norlin Jaafar, when contacted, confirmed the matter and said the department was looking into the issue.

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