JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The cleaning up process along the 1.5km stretch of Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang near here, which began on Wednesday (March 13), following the dumping of toxic chemical waste in the area has been completed.
Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said, however, monitoring would be continued.
"The 1.5km stretch of Sungai Kim Kim that was polluted has already been cleaned up but today we want to see what more 'touch-ups' can be done.
"Today can be said to be a day of monitoring. After that, then only we can look into what further action is needed,” she told the media at the state Disaster Management Committee's operations room here on Sunday (March 17).
Also present was state Department of Environment (DOE) director Datuk Dr Mohammad Ezanni Mat Salleh.
Yeo said at the same time, 30 teams comprising DOE members and Chemistry Department personnel were deployed to 30 schools around the affected area on Sunday to monitor air quality by using gas detectors.
She said all 30 schools were located three to nine kilometres from Sungai Kim Kim.
"Before this we have monitored the air quality in different places... and found the quality was at a safe level.
"But our coverage today will be extensive because the cleaning up of the river has been completed,” she said, adding that the full report on the air quality will be made public on Monday (March 18). - Bernama