The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has asked the owner of the resin plant in Batangas City to answer the alleged violations they committed against the provisions listed in its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).
EMB Regional Director Carlos Magno said a Notice of Violation was issued against JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation for the thick black smoke, flames and foul odor emanating from its smokestack.
“Very general naman yung sa violation. Basically they failed to institute measures to control the undesirable odor which may not be toxic but is hazardous,” Magno said.
“We gave them 10 days without extension to prove kung bakit ito nangyayari (why this is happening). Our interest is always public interest because we want to make sure they are safe in their own community,” Magno added.
EMB legal officer Eman Osorio said the plant is currently operating based on the information they gathered during a technical conference on Tuesday.
“There has to be due diligence so the sanction (if any) will be given to JG Summit if, after 10 days, we see that there are lapses or the violation was deliberate,” he said.
The City Health Office of Batangas also conducted a survey among the residents. They were able to talk to 39 individuals, who complained of dizziness and coughing.
Meanwhile, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Batangas City is still waiting for the result of the ambient air sampling conducted last week to assess pollutant levels in the air surrounding the plant.