SEMENYIH: Enforcement officers from three agencies have started a joint operation to check on some 120 factories operating along Sungai Semenyih.
This follows the closure of an illegal factory that was said to be the cause of the water contamination in the Klang Valley.
It was jointly conducted by the Kajang Municipal Council, Hulu Langat Land Office and Department of Environment (DOE).
“During the operation, we confiscated goods and sealed off the premises of another factory found to be operating illegally.
“The team inspected eight premises, four of which had their licences revoked for flouting trade licensing, waste disposal and town planning bylaws,” said council’s public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman.
The factory site was located on agriculture land, so non-related activities were considered illegal.
“We issued a notice for the operator to stop all activities and to submit a report on their effluent disposal method within three days,” said Kamarul.
A visit by The Star saw workers from Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd cleaning up the site while officers from Selangor Water Management Authority assisted in coordinating and enforcement works.
“We started cleaning and disposal work on Tuesday. Because of the large amount of waste, we will need about a week,” said Kualiti Alam Scheduled Waste Action Team consultant Datuk A. Mariasoosay.
Items found at the site included used engine oil, containers of sodium sulphate and a few types of chemicals.
“We have also taken samples of the soil and water. These samples will be tested and the results given to the DOE which will then decide what needs to be done,” he said.
Air Selangor Group said that the scheduled recovery plan of water supply to consumers was progressing well following the closure of the water treatment plant due to pollution.
“The plan is an effective measure to ensure that consumers do not experience water supply interruption for extended period,” said the group’s corporate communications head Amin Lin Abdullah.
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