Deadline set for SCBI to solve pollution

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Saturday, May 17, 2014


SAN Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. said the City Government is preparing documents to set a deadline for San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI) to address the pollution problem from its ethanol plant.

"The company has promised improvement of their pollution control but they have not totally solved the pollution problem," Valmayor told reporters at the sidelines of the inauguration of the Phase 1 of the 22-megawatt solar farm of the San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. Thursday.

For several months now, foul odor has been emanating from the plant’s waste water facility.

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Valmayor said that a resolution was passed by the City Council asking SCBI to provide solution to the pollution problem, and President Benigno S. Aquino III was also given the copy of the said resolution.

The President was in San Carlos City Thursday to lead the switch-on of the solar plant.

Valmayor said a meeting was conducted last Tuesday attended by various sectors, including the City Government, SCBI, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to map out an action plan to address the pollution problem.

"We are now in the process of putting it on paper and setting a deadline on the company's activity," Valmayor said.

The foul odor from the SCBI's plant was smelled during the inauguration of the solar energy plant Thursday.

Valmayor has been demanding that the pollution issue be settled by the SCBI otherwise, the city government will be compelled to impose appropriate sanctions on the company in accordance with their Environmental Compliance Certificate.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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