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River pollution in PD believed  from pig and frog farms
Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

SEREMBAN: Investigations by the Negeri Sembilan Department of Environment (JASNS) at the site of the oil sludge disposal which caused river pollution at Kampung Baru Site C, Port Dickson near here, found that the possible cause could be the result of pig and frog farm activities at a nearby premise.

State Health, Environment, Co-operatives and Consumerism committee chairman S. Veerapan said it was based on the effects of oily fats and oil sludge found in the river.

 “JASNS received complaints from residents on March 31 regarding the discharge of oil sludge from MYYK premises in the river in Kg. Baru Site C, Port Dickson. Following that, a JASNS enforcement team was dispatched to the location on the same day for further investigation.

 “The findings at the MYKK premises found that the complaint was not related to river pollution and samples taken by officials from this department were not greasy and no smell of oil was detected. The samples were sent to the Department of Chemistry Malaysia to identify the actual content of the sample.

“However, JASNS’ further investigations at the location of the complaint found that there were livestock activities and pig slaughter sites as well as frog farms. These are likely the causes for the river pollution based on the effects of oily fat and sludge, “ he said in a statement.

He added that livestock activities were not under the jurisdiction of JASNS but under the Department of Veterinary Services.

“Therefore the JASNS recommendation is to constantly monitor the activities on the MYYK premises to prevent activities that could cause pollution to the residents of Kg. Baru Site C, Port Dickson.

He said the premises were under the Department of Environment (DOE)’s court order and were in the process of implementing the management and disposal of 24,183 barrels from maintenance operations of oil refineries to premises licensed by the DOE.

Meanwhile, on the complaint of pollution in Sungai Lenggeng on April 7, it found that the contaminated river was Sg Machang, a creek off Sg Lenggeng.

“The JASNS investigating team found that the river water was murky and there was sand dredging activity in the upper parts of the Machang River.

“The sand dredging area covers 16.67 hectares. The premises have a permit from the Seremban District and Land Office and also feedback from the state DOE. JASNS found that the premises failed to control erosion and silting as recommended in the JASNS review letter.

“The actions taken by JASNS have been submitted to the Water Regulatory Agency, Land and District Office and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage to take follow-up action under the jurisdiction of the relevant agencies as this activity is not subject to the jurisdiction of the JAS,” he said. – Bernama



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