Minister: Leachate contamination must be addressed

PETALING JAYA: The serious and recurring issue of leachate contamination needs to be addressed with an improvement in the design specifications and location of landfills in the country.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (pic) said there is a need to look for a holistic solution to ensure the safety of raw water resources.
A meeting between the ministry and state executive councillors in charge of the environment will be called soon.
“I will make sure that the Department of Environment (DOE) will table the paper,” he told The Star yesterday. “We will discuss what everyone can do. We are not just looking at landfills. We are also looking into oil palm plantations that are near rivers to ensure that our water sources are protected.
“The industry must go on but it must be environmentally friendly.”
Dr Wan Junaidi said landfills are under the jurisdiction of local councils but most do not follow the specifications set by his ministry.
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