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Jakarta Post

Toxic waste mounds worry Marunda residents

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2019   /  01:50 am

Residents of Marunda subdistrict in Cilincing district, North Jakarta, have demanded authorities to act swiftly and restore their environment after soil mounds suspected of containing hazardous and toxic waste were found in the area, raising concerns for the residents’ safety.

The mounds were found at seven spots in the residential area.

The Jakarta Environment Agency had alleged that the mounds contained hazardous and toxic waste, known as B3 waste, in the form of spent bleaching earth, a common waste material of palm oil production. The agency has taken a sample of the waste to the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s laboratory to find out the contents and where it came from.

The mounds were discovered in late December. Suspicions were raised on its flammable nature after one of the mounds, located in front of SD 02 Marunda Pagi elementary school near the low-...