SEREMBAN: The state Environment Department (DoE) says it will inspect all 11 quarries in Nilai, following high Air Pollution Index (API) readings in the area.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said: “We acknowledge that the activities carried out at these quarries have worsened the environment in Nilai, which has been badly affected due to the haze,” he said.
“Through DoE, we will ask the factory operators to control dust pollution by spraying water into the air more regularly.”
Aminuddin said intense industrial activity in Nilai was one of the contributors to the area’s high API reading which was 151 as of 11am, today.
The two other areas in the state which have also recorded high API readings are Seremban (127) and Port Dickson (113).
“We hope the public will be more responsible by avoiding open burning in residential areas and reduce outside activities to prevent any health problems,” he told a press conference after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri, here, today.
Commenting on the status of an illegal resort in Pantai Hills, here, Aminuddin said he would wait for the full report after a meeting between the resort owners and the Nilai Municipal Council.
“All decisions on the resort will be made after we receive the full report,” he said.
Commenting on a proposal by Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar to raise water tariffs for all states, Aminuddin said the state government would discuss the matter thoroughly before any decision was made.
“So far, the state government has no plans to raise water tariffs.
“But, if the Cabinet agrees, we will request more time for us to discuss it with the ministry,” he said.