Why build an incinerator if the government cannot even manage the serious pollution problems at the Taman Beringin Waste Transfer Station?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of August, 2014

On the 30th of June, 2014, I witnessed the collection of 4 water samples in locations around the Waste Transfer Station (WTS) in Taman Beringin, Kepong that was conducted by an accredited chemical laboratory. The exact locations of the 4 water samples are as follows:

Sample W2 was taken directly from the discharge coming out of the leachate plant in Taman Beringin. Sample W3 was taken from the discharge coming out of the former non-sanitary landfill near Taman Nanyang, which is next to Taman Beringin.

The test results were shocking. Table 1 below shows the pollutants that were above the Department of Environment Standards – Standard B of the 5th and 7th Schedule of Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent), Regulations 2009 – under the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

Table 1: Water Quality Measurements that are not compliant with DOE standards

(Measurements in BOLD are over DOE Standard B)

The COD measurement for sample W2 outside the Taman Beringin WTS was 800, four times more than the DOE limit. The level of Arsenic for sample W3 at 0.7 was seven times the DOE limit. The Colour (ADMI) value for sample W2 was 448, more than twice the DOE limit. The measurement for W3 was 7500, which is 37 times the DOE limit. The Ammoniacal Nitrogen (or ammonia level) measurement for sample W2 was 37.1, almost twice the DOE limit of 20. The same measurement for W3 was 412.7, more than 20 times the DOE limit.

I call for the DOE to investigate as to why the Taman Beringin WTS is allowed to flout DOE standards for its leachate discharge and to take strong action against those responsible for allowing these pollutants to be discharged into Sungai Batu. I also call upon DOE to explain why the leachate that is being discharged from the former non-sanitary landfill continues to be over the DOE limits and why the leachate treatment plant in Taman Nanyang is not operating. If the government cannot even ensure compliance with DOE standards at the leachate treatment plants at Taman Beringin WTS and at Taman Nanyang, how can residents be assured that the pollution standards will be effectively monitored for the proposed incinerator next-door?

Appendix 1: Water Analysis Results showing pollutants which are over the limit of DOE’s Standard B

Appendix 2: Photos of Discharge from Leachate Treatment Plant in the Taman Beringin Waste Transfer Station (WTS)