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Chemical treatment facilities in Bulacan, cracked down
Thursday, 07 July 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and DENR-EMB Region III Director Lormelyn Claudio, together with other LGUs, issued the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) to Cleveland Envirotech Solutions, Inc. and Cleveland Industries, Inc. located at Brgy. Tungkong Mangga, City of San Jose Del Monte yesterday.

“Last July 2, 4 and 5, a Composite Investigation Team involving representatives from our office, City Government of San Jose Del Monte, Barangay Tungkong Mangga, Barangay Maharlika and City of SJDM Police, conducted an inspection/investigation in the facilities wherein we had found out that offensive solvent odor, contaminated gloves and rags were mixed with solid wastes and were indiscriminately, dumped into uncovered drums and containers, and they lack water treatment facilities,” said Claudio.

Moreover, a video clip from the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera recording of the Cleveland Envirotech Solutions, Inc. showed that on May 28, hazardous liquid wastes from yellow-labelled containers were being drained and discharged into the canal which flows into the creek that traverses Nayong Lourdes Subdivision in Barangay Maharlika.

Also, the perimeter fence of Cleveland Industries, Inc. collapsed, which caused the erosion of the heap and deposition of sludge and other hazardous waste into the creek, thus contaminating the water body and impending its natural flow.

According to the CDO issued by DENR, they had gathered enough findings on the operations of the two chemical treatment and storage facilities which are non-compliance with the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and with blatant violations of the rules and regulations under RA 6969 or Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990 and RA 9275 or Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. As a result, the ECC that was amended and issued in the year 2007 was suspended.

Gov. Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando personally visited and inspected the facilities and showed their support to the issuance of the CDO.

“We received complaints from the residents nearby the area that since 2007, some of them are suffering from respiratory ailments, skin diseases and offensive odor allegedly caused by the two facilities,” said Gov. Alvarado.

He also instructed Bulacan Environmental and Natural Resources Office chief Atty. Rustico “Teddy” De Belen to look over other treatment facilities in the province to avoid the same scenario.

“This is part of our commitment in the Provincial Government to ensure that our environment as well as the health of the Bulakenyos are being protected. Establishments should comply with the standards set by the government to avoid suspension or worst, closure of their facilities,” added De Belen. ###

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