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Semenyih: An overflow of black water mixed with iron waste from the pond following the activity of a smelting premises on Jalan Sungai Lalang here, causing pollution in a nearby monsoon drain.

In fact, the initial investigation by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) also found that the ‘effluent’ pollution was believed to be caused by the premises operating without permission.

Selangor Environment Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the Selangor Water Management Board (Luas) received a report of a contaminated drain incident at Taman Semenyih Permata here, at 3.30 pm last Thursday.

According to him, the relevant parties acted quickly to deal with the incident, thus there was no stopping the work of the water treatment plant (LRA) and there was no water supply disruption.

“Investigations at the 1.2-hectare premises found that there was an effect of smelting activity producing black waste or carbon powder and dumped into two nearby ponds.

OFFICERS take water samples.

“The situation makes the pool black and heavy rain causes black water to overflow resulting in pollution of nearby drains.

“In fact, it has the potential to pollute the Semenyih River which is located 2.3 kilometers and 22 kilometers from the Jenderam Hilir inlet,” he said at a press conference here, yesterday.

MPKj also lodged a police report regarding the incident.

He said, MPKj took immediate action by building a fort at the pool location to block the flow of contaminated water and seize the machinery and premises.

“Area also conducts ‘effluent’ sampling and water quality testing for the total volume of suspended solids (TSS) oil and grease (O&G) and metal screening for analysis purposes by the Department of Chemistry Malaysia.

“At the same time, close monitoring is continued downstream of the pollution location as well as issuing a Water Protection Order in accordance with Section 122 (1) of the Extra Enactment 1999 on the premises.

“So far, we do not know the content of the material in the soil and water at the location because we are waiting for the report of the Malaysian Chemistry Department,” he said.

According to him, the investigation found that the site was rented by a local owner with an operation operated by 14 foreign workers living nearby.

He said the initial inspection found that the premises had been operating for the past three years.

“We managed to track down the operator and the owner of the site. Further investigations into the matter are still underway, including identifying the location of the iron waste supply involved,” he said.

He said, his party also detected eight incidents that risk causing pollution to rivers and LRAs in the state within the last two months.

“We managed to ‘break’ all these incidents by taking swift action to prevent pollution to rivers and LRAs which can lead to water supply disruptions,” he said.


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