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Jakarta Post

Batan finds source of Serpong's radioactive waste, dumper still unknown

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17, 2020   /  08:36 pm
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A team made up of members of the National Police Mobile Brigade bomb squad and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) detects radiation at the Batan Indah housing complex in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, on Feb. 15. (Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

Activists and experts are demanding to know how radioactive materials ended up in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten, saying that such dangerous substances should not be discarded in a residential neighborhood. “The radioactive waste in a populated area is quite unusual. It makes us wonder: Who threw the waste away in the [housing] complex?” Dwi Sawung, the head campaigner for energy and urban issues at the Indonesian Forum of the Environment (Walhi), told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Meanwhile, Heru Umbara, spokesperson for the National Nuclear Agency (Batan), said his agency had already determined the source of the waste, but a further investigation was still needed to find those responsible for leaving it in the residential area. “We have identified the source of the waste, but we still don’t know who dumped the waste at the site...