SHAH ALAM (March 15):The disposal by irresponsible parties of waste suspected to contain chemical substances was detected in the Klang River yesterday, and works are being carried out to clean up the chemical wastes from a retention pond in Eng Ann Park, Klang and the operation is expected to take two days, said Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.
According to Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) Datuk Hashim Osman, it received information on the incident at about 6 pm yesterday.
“We went to the location to determine the chemical substance and take action to prevent pollution.
“So far, from the information we obtained, the chemical substance was believed to have been disposed into the drain and started to flow into the Klang River,” he said when contacted.
Hashim said investigations were also carried out to determine how widespread the pollution was. LUAS had taken samples of the chemical wastes for further investigation.
Yesterday, LUAS uploaded information and photographs on its Facebook page concerning the disposal of the waste suspected to be a chemical substance.
"I understand that LUAS had initiated the containment and mitigation process at 8pm yesterday and the clean-up operation commenced this morning," said Amirudin Shari in a statement here today.
He said the Selangor State Disaster Management Unit had been instructed to monitor the situation and to cooperate with LUAS, the Klang Municipal Council and the Selangor Department of Environment to resolve the case.
Based on information obtained, the chemical substances said to have been disposed into a drain had started to flow into the Klang River but quick action was taken to prevent widespread pollution.