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KUANTAN, Sept 14 -- The Pahang Department of Environment (DOE) has recommended that an illegal e-waste recycling factory in Kampung Orang Asli Mikang, Muadzam Shah in Rompin be demolished for causing odour pollution.
The Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) announced in a statement today that the recommendation was directed to the local authorities, through the district action committee, on the basis that the activities were unsuitable for the location.
“The DOE has issued an order to stop the production process at the factory from yesterday, in addition to issuing four compound notices to the landlord,” the statement said.
The ministry also said that investigations at the premises revealed a furnace equipped with a chimney and two power generators believed to be used to melt down e-waste, including circuit boards and electric wires.
Five samples of raw material were taken and sent to the Department of Chemistry for chemical composition analysis.
The investigation is being carried out under Sections 34A and 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974, whereby the illegal disposal of e-waste is punishable by fines of up to RM500,000, five years in jail or both if found guilty.
The public is urged to report any pollution activities at 1-800-88-2727 or via email at email@example.com as well as through the DOE complaint portal at https://eaduan.doe.gov.my.
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