JOHOR BARU: The Department of Environment (DOE) will continue to monitor the air quality surrounding Sungai Kim Kim despite the closing of the inter-department operations in Pasir Gudang.
State DOE director Datuk Dr Mohammad Ezanni Mat Salleh said they would check the air quality in a 5km radius around Sungai Kim Kim for two more weeks.
“This is to ensure that the area is free from any chemicals that could be harmful to residents.
“The air quality checks are being conducted every hour so that we can detect if there is any cause for alarm,” he said when contacted.
He said nine DOE officers would monitor and conduct the checks.
“So far, we have not detected any signs detrimental to public health,” he said.
Asked on the 46 other dumping sites found around Pasir Gudang on Wednesday, he said those sites were mostly industrial waste without any harmful chemicals.
“That is just industrial and construction waste, possibly from factories nearby,” he said, adding that Pasir Gudang Municipal Council would identify the culprits involved.
Dr Mohammad Ezanni also said they were working with police to trace those responsible for the pollution.
Meanwhile, all 111 schools in Pasir Gudang that were closed following the incident will re-open on March 31, said Johor Education Department deputy director Azman Adnan.