KUANTAN: The state has identified 225 areas which may have toxic waste, says State Tourism, Environment, Plantations and Biotechnology Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.
The districts of Kuantan and Jerantut have the highest number, at 69 and 67 respectively, followed by Cameron Highlands (28), Temerloh (26), Bentong (seven), Bera and Pekan (six each), Raub (five), Lipis and Rompin (four each) and Maran (three).
The areas were identified through satellite readings conducted by the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency.
Sharkar said the state’s newly established Disposal of Hazardous Waste Monitoring Committee would conduct inspections in the areas to follow up on the satellite readings.“The committee is expected to take one month to come up with its findings,” he said yesterday.
“We hope that the Federal Government would set aside a special allocation to help with the high cost of cleaning up toxic waste should the need arise.”
Established in May and headed by state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, the committee is also responsible for scrutinising applications to set up new factories.
It also re-examines existing applications, does spot checks and puts standard operating procedures into place in the event of a contamination. — Bernama