Sungai Kim Kim Pollution Case is now being seen in court with expert witnesses are being questioned on the grade of waste.
Sungai Kim Kim Pollution Being Seen in Court
The waste generated from the tyre processing plant associated with the pollution incident in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang on March 7, was classified as scheduled waste SW311, or ‘oil sludge’.
The Sessions Court in Malaysia was informed that the waste generated from the tyre processing plant associated with the pollution incident in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang on March 7, was classified as scheduled waste SW311, or ‘oil sludge’.
Senior principal assistant director of the assessment and development section of the hazardous materials division in the Department of Environment in Putrajaya, Ir Azlan Ahmad, 50, told Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob that the classification of the scheduled waste was done via various means.
He said the first step was to look at the analysis report provided by the Chemistry Department. The next step was to look at the chemical properties contained in the waste, as well as looking at the process which produced the waste.
He said based on this; the DOE would finally be able to compare their results with the 77 scheduled waste codes set out under Schedule 1 of the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Waste) Regulations 2005.
“Next I will also compare it with the regulations under the Basel Convention, Stockholm Convention, Rotterdam Convention on Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal which Malaysia is a party to,” he said when questioned by DPP Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali on the first day of the case here today.
Azlan, who had served 25 years with the DOE and holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and a Bachelor of Biology (Hons) from UKM, is the second witness in the case.
When asked about the other chemical properties found in the Chemistry Department’s chemical analysis report, Azlan said there was xylene, toluene and ethylbenzene which are oil-based, besides the chemical, d-limonene.
However, when asked by defence lawyer G. Subramaniam Nair whether he had physically examined the presence of the chemicals before making the classification, Azlan said he had not. The defence argued that the classification was incomplete
On March 24, N. Naridas, 35, a lorry driver at a used tyre processing company, was accused of disposing the scheduled wastes into the river, using a Mitsubishi lorry and a semi-trailer tank.
The disposal of the wastes was done without prior approval from the Director-General of Environmental Quality.
Three company directors, Wong Jing Chao, 34, a Singaporean; Yap Loke Liang, 36, and Sim Wei Der (also Singaporean), 50, were charged with abetting Maridass in disposing of the scheduled wastes into the river using the same vehicle.
They are alleged to have committed the offence at the Sungai Kim Kim bridge-widening project site between 12.01am, and 1 am on March 7.
The trial, which will see 32 prosecution witnesses being called, continues on Thursday.