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Alcohol plant in Pampanga faces suspension over ‘fish kill’

Sep 26, 2017 @ 6:28
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The local government of Apalit in Pampanga has imposed a 30-day suspension of an alcohol fermentation plant that allegedly caused the fish kill in the towns of Macabebe and Masantol.

Apalit Mayor Peter Nucom ordered the suspension of business permit of the Far East Alcohol Corporation (Feaco), after receiving information that the company has been discharging waste water into the river.

The local government discovered that molasses, a byproduct of sugar used in producing alcoholic beverages, leaked from Feaco’s three delivery tanks on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The molassed allegedly poisoned fish and other sea creatures in Pampanga River which were seen floating the next day.

According to the local government, Feaco did not report the leaks to them or to any government agency.

Danting said Nucom castigated Feaco for not reporting the leaks to the local government or any other concerned agencies that can provide intervention to avoid any unfortunate incident.

The Masantol Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has yet to confirm the “fish kill.” The office is awaiting results conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources which collected water samples on Thursday morning, September 21.

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