Move palm oil plant away from river, says councillor

Water supply to Petaling, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang was disrupted on Thursday after the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant was forced to shut down. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A Selangor state executive councillor has suggested that a palm oil processing plant be moved from its current location which he said was “too close” to the Sungai Semenyih.

Hee Loy Sian, the executive councillor for the environment and consumer affairs said he hoped the authorities would move the 30-year-old factory “because it is too near the river, 500m away”, Bernama reported.

Last week, pollution of the Sungai Semenyih caused a shutdown of the water treatment plant, disrupting water supplies in Petaling, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang.

The palm oil processing plant was identified as the source of pollution (and ordered to cease operations on June 27).

A full analysis by the Chemistry Department of the source of the pollution is expected next week.

Hee said the river water was now 100 per cent rehabilitated. If the plant was found to have breached the law, prosecution will be initiated under the Environmental Quality Act 1974.