Thursday, October 16, 2008

Palm oil mill fined RM10,000 for discharging toxic effluents into river

The Sessions Court here yesterday imposed a fine of RM10,000 on a palm oil mill located in Jalan Ayer Tawar, Manjung, about 70km from here, for discharging toxic effluents into a river nearby the mill on Sept 19, 2007.
Judge Tan Hooi Leng castigated Pantai Remis Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd for not adhering to Department of Environment (DOE) regulations in causing pollution in the river.
The mill’s owners were charged under Section 16(1) of Environmental Quality Act 1974 for the offence and could have been fined a maximum of RM25,000 or jailed not more than two years of both.
The prosecution was conducted by Perak DOE prosecuting officer Thamara Selvam a/l Vyapuri.

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