Chemical reaction triggers fire at waste storage site

Towering danger: Thick smoke billowing in the Sendayan airspace after the scheduled chemical waste storage site at Cenviro Sdn Bhd in Port Dickson was reported to have caught fire. — Bernama

SEREMBAN: A fire damaged part of the premises of the Kualiti Alam Waste Management Centre, which took place due to chemical reaction at the site.

The incident occurred on Friday evening at the scheduled chemical waste storage area at Cenviro Sdn Bhd, located in Ladang Tanah Merah, A3 Division, Bukit Pelanduk, Port Dickson.

State entrepreneurship, human resources, climate change, cooperatives and consumerism chairman S. Veerapan, estimated the company’s losses at RM8mil as a result of the damage caused by the blaze.

“I was informed that the incident occurred in the scheduled waste storage area and that the fire was triggered by a chemical reaction involving approximately 160kg of chloride chemicals stored there.

“The authorities are monitoring the air and water conditions.

“The public need not worry as everything is under control,” he told reporters, adding that this was the third fire at the centre, with similar incidents in 2015 and 2019.

Cenviro Group managing director Dr Johari Jalil said all 86 workers at the factory were safe, Bernama reported.

He added that the fire, which started in a remote storage area, was brought under control by the Negri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department and the Cenviro Hazmat and Firefighting team at around 8.20pm.

“The fire only affected a portion of our warehouse capacity and did not impact the daily operations of our waste management centre,” he added.

Upon detecting the fire, the Cenviro Emergency Response Team promptly initiated emergency procedures, with assistance from 66 personnel from four Fire and Rescue stations from Negri Sembilan who were despatched to the site, he added.

Johari said the factory’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment team will continue to monitor air quality and gas readings on site and in the surrounding areas.

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