KUALA LUMPUR: Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has assured the public that the proposed Broga incinerator project will be in line with international environmental standards.
He reiterated that work would not start until the environmental impact assessment (EIA) had been completed and the Department of Environment (DOE) had given its approval.
The Government was sincere and professional in wanting to come up with a long-term solution to the country's solid waste problem, especially in Selangor and the Federal Territory, he said.
There are already various waste disposal methods in place like landfills as well as the 3Rs (Recycle, Reduce and Reuse) concept, but we need to have a thermal treatment plant to help cope with the increasing amount of solid waste, he said yesterday at a press conference after launching Osim (M) Sdn Bhds latest product.
Ong added that the proposed site of the incinerator was at least 2.5km from the nearest residential area and was even further away from Kampung Baru Broga.
The Government, he said, had been careful in ensuring that an independent party conducted a proper EIA study for submission to the DOE.
He also refuted reports that work had already started at the project site.
According to him, a letter of acceptance had been given to the consortium concerned only to conduct preliminary land surveys and soil tests to determine the suitability of the site.
Ong also said he expected the EIA to be completed sometime next month.