DoE Director (Chittagong region) Moazzam Hossain issued the show-cause notice on September 17
The Department of Environment (DoE) issued a show-cause notice to S Alam Refined Sugar Industries Ltd, for discharging untreated liquid waste into Karnaphuli River without keeping Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) operational.
The errant enterprise, a sister concern of S. Alam Group, is located at Ichhanagar area under Karnaphuli upazila in Chittagong.
DoE Director (Chittagong region) Moazzam Hossain issued the show-cause notice on September 17.
The show-cause notice also asked the errant enterprise to attend a hearing yesterday to explain as to why legal action should not be taken, or Environment Clearance Certificate (ECC) should not be cancelled for violating conditions of the ECC.
Previously on September 11, a team of DoE’s Chittagong Divisional Laboratory visited the industry to collect ETP samples.
During the visit, the DoE officials found the ETP totally inoperative, although the factory was running its operations.
The sample collection team of the DoE team also discovered that the factory channelled the untreated liquid waste into nearby Karnaphuli River without any treatment.
The team instantly collected samples from river. Later, the samples were tested in the DoE laboratory.
The lab test revealed that the samples (TDS-23600, EC-36500, SS-163, DO-1.61 and COD-3307) were beyond the parameters set by Environment Conservation Rules.
Mohammad Nurullah Noori, director, DoE Chittagong Divisional Laboratory said that the levels of TDS (Total Dissolved Solid), and COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) released by the factory may have an adverse impact on the aquatic biodiversity of Karnaphuli River.
DoE Director (Chittagong region) Moazzam Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that the factory authorities did not attend the hearing yesterday, and prayed for extension of time.