Burning peat in Muar put out

PETALING JAYA: Authorities have successfully put out flames that engulfed two peat soil areas at Parit Juno and Parit Jawa in Muar, Johor, says the Department of Environment (DoE).

“Based on the investigation conducted by the Johor Department of Environment, they found the affected area was designated for agricultural use, but has not been used yet.

“The state DoE is still investigating who the land owner is with the help of the Muar Land Office to ensure stern action can be taken,” it said in a statement.

Those found guilty of open burning can be fined not more than RM500,000 or face a jail term of not more than five years under Section 29 (A) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974, the DoE added.

Offenders can also face a maximum compound of RM2,000 for each offence. The Johor DoE will also continue to monitor air quality via its nearest monitoring station – which is the Batu Pahat station about 20km from the location, currently recording a healthy reading.

“All parties are warned against open burning or allowing any of their lands or premises to be trespassed upon by irresponsible parties and causing fires whether on purpose or not,” said the DoE.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Selangor DoE has warned stern action will be taken against companies illegally disposing chemical waste in Jalan Dato’ Hussien, Sungai Sembilang, Jeram, Kuala Selangor.

The department said that aside from court action, individuals could be arrested for committing offences under Section 37 (C) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

“Selangor DoE is currently trying to identify the owner of the chemical waste and will ask (the owner) to dispose and clean it immediately.

“At the same time, the contractor of the chemical waste and the specified premises linked to the case will also be investigated,” it added.

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