Malaysian council seals centre for causing oil spill

Malaysian council seals centre for causing oil spill

RAWANG - A garbage lorry maintenance centre here, which had dumped truck loads of used engine oil into Sungai Bakau, causing four water treatment plants to shut down on Friday, has been sealed by Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said authorities had traced the contamination of the state's water source to the centre. Investigations had revealed that used engine oil had been discarded into a drain, which subsequently flowed into the river.

"The Department of Environment (DOE), Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) had traced the source of the engine oil to the garbage lorry maintenance centre," Khalid said after attending his son's wedding at Dewan Orang Ramai Bukit Badong, Bestari Jaya here yesterday.

When asked whether the owner of the centre would be charged, he said it was up to MPS.

He said the state government was aware of the dangers posed by such establishments built so close to the river and had issued notices to them since 2011.

"We had given them notices to relocate or ensure that the flow of waste from their premises is controlled. We cannot just shut down these factories as they have been operating for years."

He said the factory owners had been warned that they would be shut down if they flouted regulations.

As for the Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3, and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants which were shut down, Khalid said the plants had resumed operations after the contamination was controlled early yesterday morning.

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