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Jakarta Post

Police seal aluminum smelting, charcoal production industry in North Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /   06:36 pm
Police seal aluminum smelting, charcoal production industry in North Jakarta Thick smoke emissions from charcoal home industries and aluminum smelting in North Jakarta have been blamed for causing negative health and environmental impacts in Cilincing. ( Ramadhan Azhari)

The police have sealed an aluminum smelting and charcoal production home industry in Cilincing, North Jakarta, after residents complained of health issues because of the smoke emitted from the production.

North Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Budhi Herdi Susianto said the police had sealed the factories with a police line on Monday afternoon.

“The North Jakarta Police put a police line on the aluminum smelting home industry at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 16,” Budhi said on Monday, reported.

The home industry is suspected to have violated articles 98, 103 and 109 of Law No. 32/2009 on environmental protection and management.

The home industry is also suspected to have violated Article 106 of Law No. 7/2014 on trade.

The police also confiscated evidence such as aluminum waste mold, raw aluminum, refined aluminum dust, a milling machine, a furnace and fuel for burning.

“By 4:30 p.m. the police finished putting up the police line safely,” Budhi said.

Residents had previously complained about the charcoal and aluminum smelting industry.

Hundreds of people have suffered from acute respiratory infections (ISPA), allegedly from the industry’s emissions.

A teacher at SD Cilincing 07 state elementary school has been admitted to hospital for acute pneumonia reportedly triggered by inhaling smoke from coconut shell charcoal home industries and tin smelting near the school.

In March, the North Jakarta Environment Agency conducted a field inspection and recorded that 23 charcoal producers operated 24 hours a day while two small tin smelters were also operating in the area. (ami)