• Was the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, James Dawos Mamit, not telling the truth when he said that the dioxin emissions from the Bukit Nanas hazardous waste incinerator was monitored once every month?

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 5th of April, 2014

    Was the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, James Dawos Mamit, not telling the truth when he said that the dioxin emissions from the Bukit Nanas hazardous waste incinerator was monitored once every month?

    In his recent reply to the issues raised by backbencher MPs during the parliamentary debate in response to the speech by the Yang DiPertuan Agung, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, James Dawos Mamit, said that measurements of the dioxin levels of the hazardous waste incinerator in Bukit Nanas, Negeri Sembilan was done once every month. This was the reply he gave when I asked him how many times the dioxin level was measured in the aforementioned incinerator. Earlier, the MP for Rasah, Teo Kok Seong, had also raised the issue of whether the hazardous waste incinerator in Bukit Nanas would be relocated when the contract to operate the facility, given to Kualiti Alam, expires on the 28th of February 2015.

    Later when I informed him that according to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports and Department of Environment (DOE) guidelines, the level of dioxins at incinerator plants was only taken once year rather than once a month. In response to this, the Deputy Minister said that he was basing his reply on the experience of the Kuching hazardous incinerator.

    I was shocked when I read the 2012 and 2011 Annual Sustainability Reports of UEM-Enviro, the parent company of Kuali Alam Sdn Bhd which operates the hazardous waste incinerator in Bukit Nanas, Negeri Sembilan. It was reported on pg. 75 of the 2012 report that the stacks monitoring stations – which monitors the composition of the emissions coming out from the incinerator – “recorded a number of hazardous gaseous substances including dioxin and furans. These gases may have resulted from the incineration of processed schedule waste”[1]

    But when I looked at the stack monitoring results that were published by pg.82 of the report, there was NO PUBLISHED MEASUREMENT for the level of dioxin and furans. (Appendix 1 below)

    I found the same problem in the 2011 report. It was reported in pg.50 of the 2011 report that dioxins and furans were recorded but the level of dioxins and furans were NOT PUBLISHED.[2] (Appendix 2 below)

    In other words, not only was the level of dioxins and furans NOT measured every month in the largest hazardous waste incinerator in Peninsular Malaysia, the levels of dioxins and furans were not even published ONCE in the Environmental Sustainability Report in 2011 and 2012 of the company operating the hazardous waste incinerator. Does this mean that the Department of Environment (DOE), which is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, was not doing its proper enforcement job? If this is the case, then how can we trust the DOE to enforce air quality standards for the proposed Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Taman Beringin, Kepong?

    I call upon the Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources to release the information pertaining to the measurement of the dioxin and furan levels at the hazardous waste incinerator in Bukit Nanas, Negeri Sembilan, from 2011 to 2013 and the frequency of these measurements.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Appendix 1: Stack Emissions Monitoring Results from UEM Enviro’s 2012 Environmental Sustainability Report – No measurement of dioxins and furans listed

    Appendix 2: Stack Emissions Monitoring Results from UEM Enviro’s 2011 Environmental Sustainability Report – No measurement of dioxins and furans listed


    [1] http://www.kualitialam.com/wp-content/files_flutter/1372134827UEMEnvironmentSustainabilityReport2012_forwebsite1.pdf (Scheduled waste is another term for hazardous waste)

    [2] http://www.kualitialam.com/wp-content/files_flutter/1343385728UEMEEnvironmentSustainabilityReport2011.pdf

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