SEPANG: The incinerator project in Broga will go ahead as planned and the Selangor Government is now waiting for the environment impact assessment (EIA) to be ready before implementing it.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said a recent meeting between the state government and residents in the area had managed to clear the controversy surrounding the project.
State government officials met the residents and representatives of several non-governmental organisations last week to explain what we are planning to do and that the project is safe.
The EIA is almost completed because the state government started the assessment even before the Federal Government decided to shift the project from Puchong to Broga, he said after chairing the state exco meeting at the Sepang District Office yesterday.
Dr Khir explained that Broga was one of the sites identified by the state government to set up its own incinerator apart from Rawang and Sabak Bernam.
He said the shift from Puchong to Broga was not due to fears of possible air pollution but was due to lack of space for a landfill to dump the ashes after the waste was processed.
Many were under the impression that an incinerator did not require a landfill but this is untrue as space is still necessary to dump the ashes,'' he added.
Dr Khir also said the Federal Government had originally planned to transfer the ashes from the Puchong site to Rawang by lorries but the state government was concerned that the ashes might spill and could cause health problems.
We had the interest of the people in mind when we suggested that the federal government use the 12ha site in Broga instead,'' he said.
Khir said the Opposition was quick to take advantage of the confusion among the people to turn it into an issue but the state government had decided to wait until its officers themselves were able to understand how the incinerator worked before going out to explain it to the people.
He said state government had sent its staff overseas to learn and understand how incinerators operated.