DOE issues stop-work orders to three Pasir Gudang factories

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The Johor Environment Department (DoE) has issued three stop-work orders to three chemical factories in Pasir Gudang that were found to have the potential to cause air pollution.

its director Wan Abdul Latiff Wan Jaffar said the three factories were also found to have committed offences under the Environment Quality Act 1974.

''The three factories are involved in the handling of chemicals and toxic matters and the stop operation order was issued immediately today (June 27).

''The orders were issued because the factories have the potential to cause air pollution. The stop-work order will be in effect until they comply with the law,'' he said when contacted by Bernama here on Thursday.

Earlier, Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar in a media conference said: ''DoE has taken action to detect and investigate 38 chemical factories for offences under the Environment Quality Act 1974.''

Other than three stop-work orders, 27 compounds for scheduled waste offences and 10 compounds for industrial effluence offences were issued, he said.

''We conducted this operation for two weeks from the first day the incident of pollution (June 20) took place.

''This operation was also carried out comprehensively because we are in the process of eliminating any factory which has the potential to cause pollution,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Khuzzan said that there were only four victims including three women, aged 13 to 17 years, who were received treatment at the Sultan Ismail Hospital since June 25 and they were in stable condition.

''In addition, DoE had conducted periodical air quality monitoring to detect the presence of gas pollution in the Pasir Gudang area and the air quality reading is good.

"The police will also continue 24-hour roadblocks in the locations which have been identified as the main access and exist points to the Pasir Gudang area,'' he said.

He said the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department's hazardous materials response ream had been monitoring air quality levels using a gas analyser within a 13km radius. – Bernama

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