Roxol Bioenergy Corp. clarified yesterday that the toxic waste reportedly seized Tuesday in Hinigaran town was not hazardous but was used as fertilizer for sugarcane and other crops.
Angelito Colmenares, Roxol proprietor, said the seized matter were actually the spent wash from molasses, and was intended to be used as fertilizer for the company-owned sugarcane field in Brgy. Tuguis, Hinigaran.
What the town government and the police should have done before releasing a statement was to investigate whether the substance was, in fact, toxic, Colmenares said.
Last Tuesday, a blotter was filed at the Hinigaran Police Station after residents living near Roxol's property claimed to have smelled a stench coming from the two trucks where the spent wash was loaded.
Colmenares said it is natural for the molasses by-product to reek, but the smell will subside after 48 hours after being in the soil.
“I've been using spent wash for three years now and it has not harmed, but gave better yield,” he said.
He added that the organic material of spent wash will only be harmful to the environment if expelled in bodies of water such as rivers and creeks, which their company prohibits.
“We will still use spent wash on our land since it is a private property. As long as we do not violate any law, we will continue doing so,” he added.*KBC
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