'Incinerators won't cause health defects'

KUALA LUMPUR: Thermal treatment technology or incinerators are safe and will not have adverse effects on human health and nature, and it can actually help resolve related issues, said Datuk Seri Arpah Abdul Razak.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary­-general said the high-tech system for waste disposal was able to handle the creation and release of toxic chemicals and had proven to be effective in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Germany and Austria.

“Incinerators can also produce renewable energy which can be used for the generation of electricity to reduce our dependence on fast-depleting natural resources.

“This should be explained to the people so that they can further understand the incinerator,” she told Bernama at the “High-Impact Com-munication Skills in Confronting Media” seminar at Wisma Bernama, here, yesterday.

The one-day seminar, jointly orga-nised by Bernama and the ministry, was attended by about 20 senior ministry officials.

Arpah was asked to comment on the incinerator project to be built in Taman Beringin, Kepong, here that the people are protesting against.

Meanwhile, National Solid Waste Mana­gement Department director-general Datuk Dr Nadzri Yahaya said that incinerators reduced greenhouse gas emissions, adding that negative statements about health problems that may be encountered by residents near the facility was not accurate.

Nadzri said most of the references used by the parties against a particular project to be presented to the public were published in the 1990s or earlier, at which time the incinera­tor pollution-control technology was still relatively low.

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