IPOH - The Department of Environment will issue summonses every day to illegal pyrolysis operators until they halt their operations which are spewing pollutants.
"The department is to issue the maximum fine and if possible, haul these operators to court," said state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
"This is to go on until the operators cease operations and upgrade their technology," he said after conducting spot checks on several pyrolysis factories in Keramat Pulai and Jalan Lahat-Simpang Pulai.
Dr Mah issued a temporary suspension order last week against pyrolysis operators who used primitive methods to "cook" used tyres to extract industrial oil, carbon black and steel.
Most of the factories were cooking the tyres in chambers, as well as in vertical and rotary kilns, with smoke billowing into the air when Dr Mah, environment officers and reporters made the surprise visits.
There was a revolting odour in and around the areas and inside the factories, there were stacks of used tyres, with a layer of soot and filth covering everything.
"It is obvious that they are polluting the environment and they know this for a fact.
"Why else would some of them be hiding (their factory) in oil palm plantations?" he asked.
Many operators, he said, failed to understand that although they may have licences to recycle used tyres, the method used was against the law.