Food factory suspected of pollution ordered to stop work

KUALA LUMPUR: A food factory has been issued a stop-work order by the Environment Department of after it was suspected of causing pollution in Sungai Balak, Selangor.

Saying that the department had opened an investigation paper into the case, its director-general Norlin Jaafar (pic) said a check at the site found that the factory had released whitish effluent into the river through an underground pipeline.

Raw wastewater and black oil discharge were also found flowing into a drain before entering an underground pipeline that leads to Sungai Balak.

“Under Section 38 (1) (a) of the Environmental Quality Act, the Selangor DOE has ordered an immediate suspension until remedial action is taken by the management.

“The factory management was also instructed to shut down illegal outlets flowing to Sungai Balak and clean up the polluted river, ” she said in a statement here yesterday.

Norlin said investigation papers were being processed for court action for offences under Section 25 (1) and the Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent) Regulations 2009, Environmental Quality Act, 1974.

She said three water samples were taken and sent to the Chemistry Department, adding that the results were expected soon.

She also urged the public to report any

activity resulting in environmental pollution via its toll-free line 1-800-88-2727 or email and the DOE e-complaint portal at —Bernama

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