Ordinance on used motor oil passed-A A +A
Thursday, March 7, 2013
THE City Council of Iloilo has passed an ordinance regulating the disposal of used motor oil by gasoline stations, auto repair shops and other establishments, individuals or entities.
In a regular session last March 6, author of ordinance, Councilor Jason Gonzales and co-sponsor Councilor David Jamora, said the measure will greatly help the local environment and the Iloilo River regarding the drainage system or canals.
Gonzales said the ordinance, Republic Act 9275 (Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004) provides that “local government units (LGUs) are empowered to administer some aspect of water quality management and regulations including but not limited to issuance of permits, monitoring and imposition of administrative penalties.”
The ordinance will help regulate the disposal and pouring of used oil into drainage canals and conveyances in Iloilo City.
Gonzales said the Iloilo City recognizes that used motor oil poses potential impacts to the environment.
“It does not break down easily and can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. If spilled on the ground, poured down in storm drains or disposed of with trash, it can pollute surface water or groundwater,” Gonzales said.
He added that study shows that one gallon of used oil can pollute one million gallons of fresh water. “Because of its properties, a cup of oil can spread a very thin sheen over more than an acre of calm water,” he said.
Oil sheen can block sunlight, impair photosynthesis and prevent the replenishment of dissolved oxygen which further leads to fish kills in the rivers and tributaries.
The ordinance covers all gasoline stations, car washing facilities, auto repair shops and other similar establishments as well as individuals including acts of the owners, operators and workers of said establishments.
Gonzales said these used oil should be disposed of or recycled by dumping the same into facilities with an environmental clearance certificate (ECC) and located away from populated areas. The storage containers should not be allowed to overflow into canals and must be protected from being hit by flames or combustible objects.
The absence of these facilities shall be punishable by a fine of P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense and P5,000 and revocation of license and business permit for the third offense.