HULU Selangor District Council (MDHS) inspected two copper smelting factories in an industrial area in Rasa.
The inspection was carried out following complaints from Taman Keruing residents about odour pollution, with the foul smell especially evident at night and early in the morning.
MDHS’ operation started at mid-morning.
Upon arrival, enforcement officers found the factory’s main gate locked and saw foreign workers fleeing.
While there was no copper smelting activity at the premises, the officers found raw materials near the metal smelter.
Equipment used to form the molten metal into ingots was still hot.
The factory store was also inspected and a forklift was spotted at the site.
The factory manager informed the enforcement officers that they only heated the machine and did not operate it.
However, MDHS said drones used to monitor the area found the factory chimney emitting acrid black smoke.
The council’s team confiscated one forklift and several pellets of raw materials to stop copper smelting activities at the premises.
The seizure was carried out in accordance with the Trade, Business and Industry (MDHS) by-laws 2007.
An inspection on another lot in the next street found that the factory was not operating but the factory owner had started the process of warming up the smelter.
No action was taken against the plant as they were in the process of testing the air filter system and meeting the requirements of the Environment Department and MDHS.
An MDHS officer said periodic monitoring and inspections began in mid-June and would be carried out from time to time as there were still complaints of a foul odour in the area although action had been taken on some factories.
In an unrelated matter, the district council presented cash and basic necessities to eight siblings whose parents had died from Covid-19.
On hand to present the donations in Bukit Beruntung, under MDHS Prihatin Programme, were council president Dr Mohd Azhar Mohamed Ali and Orang Besar Daerah Hulu Selangor Raja Datuk Muzaffar Raja Redzwa.
The council also cleaned and sanitised the family’s house and compound.
Several associations and departments were involved in making the programme a success, including the MDHS Community Development Department, its Public Service Counselling Partner, Solid Waste Management and Public Management Department and the Hulu Selangor Social Welfare Department.