Council asks environment bureau to test firm’s emissions
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ITOGON, Benguet — The legislative body of the town requested the Environmental Management Bureau
(EMB) of the region to conduct air quality tests on Benguet Corporation’s emission.
In Resolution 94, series of 2012, the council expressed a need to conduct air quality test in order to ensure the emission which comes from the scrubber of the corporation is free from toxins.
Last December 22, the council received a petition and protest from the residents of Sitios Keymen’s Hill, Riverside–Balatoc, Kiangan Village, Camp Suerte, Camp 6 and Camp 5. The residents objected to the then ongoing Carbon-in-Pulp and refinery of the Benguet Corporation.
Among the concerns alleged was the smog brought out by the operation of the mill. The corporation then installed the scrubber at the mill plant during the 1st quarter of 2012.
However, despite the scrubber, the council wants assurance from the EMB that could declare the emission is free from toxins.
Meanwhile, the councilors also requested the Benguet Electric Cooperative not to install transformers near the residential houses.
The legislative body created Resolution 90, series of 2012 to request the cooperative through General Manager Gerardo Versoza. The resolution states the body noticed some electric transformers installed near residential houses.
The community claimed the transformers installed near residential houses could bring unexpected threats to the lives of the citizens. It could be physical damage when the transformers burst in times of overloading and short circuit.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 16, 2012.