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Bais gov’t investigating
ethanol‘ waste discharge’


Bais City, Negros Oriental, is investigating the supposed “intentional” waste discharge from the United Robina Corp. (URC) ethanol plant, recently.

Bais City legal officer, Lloyd Joseph Elmaco, said yesterday that URC legal counsel Laurinda Rogera, and Arnel Palma, operations manager, paid a courtesy call on Mayor Mercy Goñi “to update (her) on the release of waste from the plant”.

He said that according to Rogera, the incident on March 4 “was intentionally done”.

“An investigation is being conducted to know the identity/identities of the person/persons responsible,” for the supposed waste discharge into the Bais Bay, Elmaco told the Philippine News Agency in a text message.

Elmaco said the URC officials explained and assured them that they were able to contain the waste immediately, hence, no fish killhas so far been reported in Bais Bay.

Elmaco said that the Bais City LGU, through the initiative of the City Legal Office, has already ordered a close monitoring of the waters surrounding the (ethanol) plant to determine the extent of the damage the incident (has) caused.

A team from the city’s Environment and Natural Resources Office has already taken water samples from the Bais Bay for laboratory testing, he said.

Personnel from the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the province will proceed to Bais City today to conduct water sampling, Elmaco said.*PNA


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