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Jakarta Post

Batam suspends toxic waste shipping after discovering illegal imports

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Sun, May 19, 2019   /  05:28 pm
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An aerial view of Batu Ampar seaport, Batam, Riau Islands.(Courtesy of BPK FTZ Batam/-)

At least 60 shipping containers carrying hazardous and toxic waste (B3) have been piling up at Batu Ampar port in Batam, Riau islands, for five months since it was discovered that an earlier shipment to Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, had contained waste from foreign countries. All hazardous waste produced by industrial zones in Batam are supposed to be sent to a treatment plant operated by PT Prasadha Pamunah Limbah Industri (PPLI) in Cileungsi, Bogor, West Java, which is currently the only treatment facility for hazardous waste in the country. The recent discovery of the illegal containers that were shipped together with the locally produced waste had prompted Batam Customs and Excise Office to suspend all waste shipments from the islands regency. The head of the Batam Environment and Forestry Agency, Herman Rozie, said they decided to stop sending away the ...