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Activists slam Samosir regency for sending waste to protected forest as pollution hits Lake Toba

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Sat, January 18, 2020   /  08:40 am
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A fisherman paddles across Lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia.(Shutterstock/DH Saragih)

Environmental activists have condemned the alleged illegal use of protected forest as a final disposal site (TPA) by the Samosir regency in North Sumatra, calling on the administration to put an end to the practice as pollution hits the tourism area surrounding the famous Lake Toba. Samosir Green Community coordinator Fernando Sitanggang claimed the protected forest, located near Lake Toba, had been used to dispose of waste for years and had troubled residents in the area because of its stench and water pollution. He said his community and residents had protested against the practice many times to the regency administration, but to no avail. "Up to this day, waste disposal in the protected forest is still going on. We're worried that if we let this go on, it will negatively affect the surrounding environment, especially near Lake Toba," Fernando told The Jakar...