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Industrial waste threaten marine life off Sitiawan

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:23 pm

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 22 (Bernama) -- The waters off Lekir beach, Sitiawan, Perak are badly polluted and threaten marine life, said the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

Its president, S.M. Mohamed Idris said the pollution was believed to be due to industrial wastes from a glove factory and a palm oil mill in Sitiawan which had been in operation since 10 years ago.

"As industrial wastes are discharged into the sea, they caused the sea and river to be polluted with chemical and emitted foul odour.

"The pollution threatens marine life and affect the income of about 200 fishermen," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said fishermen from Sungai Tiram and Parit Haji Dolah brought the matter to CAP's attention, claiming that their income fell from RM150 to RM60 per day as the pollution depleted marine life such as fish, shrimp and mussel.

Mohamed Idris urged the government to take action against the factories for allegedly polluting the sea and river since 10 years ago under the Environment Quality Environment 1974.
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