Work going on to clean Mantin stream contaminated with chemical

A Department of Environment officer taking samples of the chemical from the river near Mantin for analysis. (Bernama pic)

SEREMBAN: The odour pollution that suddenly hit residents in the area around Batu 4, Mantin, early this morning was due to a chemical substance.

An oil spill containing the substance was discovered in the stream by the Seremban Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM).

Its chief, Mohammad Idris, said upon receiving a report from the public at 5am today, a team of six personnel inspected the area.

“The team found an oil spill and dead fish in the river,” he said.

Following this, the Seremban 2 fire station’s Hazardous Materials Management Team (Hazmat) was deployed.

“They have taken samples from the river for analysis,” he said.

The chemical cleanup work is currently under way together with the Negeri Sembilan Department of Environment (DOE). Mohammad said the cause of the incident was still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan DOE acting director Sharifah Zakiah Syed Sahab said water samples had been sent to the Chemistry Department to be analysed.

“Initial investigations reveal that the substance was scheduled waste disposal.

“Other agencies and state authorities have been informed to take precautionary measures to prevent the waste from flowing into the Sungai Linggi water treatment plant.

“The situation around Batu 4, Jalan Mantin-Seremban is under control as the smell and water pH level are back to normal.”

She also advised residents living near the river to avoid approaching or bringing their livestock to the river for the moment, to allow cleaning work to be done.

She hoped the public would contact DoE if they see any tanker or truck carrying barrels unloading at river banks, lakes and remote areas

“Take down important information such as the truck registration number. If possible, take pictures to get details of the company’s name,” she said.