LLDA issued an Ex-parte Order (EPO) against Solid Cement Corporation

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) issued an Ex-parte Order (EPO) against Solid Cement Corporation (SCC) in Antipolo, Rizal Province in relation to the oil spill involving the said company.

LLDA issued an EPO to SCC, the source of the recent oil spill in the Teresa River through the Kayhinaog Creek, directing them to show cause within fifteen (15) days from receipt why no Cease and Desist Order (CDO) should be issued against them, to prevent further damage to the water sources caused by the establishment’s violation of the Clean Water Act of 2004.

The LLDA enforcement team led by Atty. John Andrew De Guzman served the ex-parte (EPO) dated 10 September 2015 to immediately prevent undue ecological disturbance, deterioration, and pollution resulting from the oil spill.

In an inspection conducted by the LLDA Surveillance and Monitoring Division (SMD) it was found that the spill happened at around midnight on September 7 when a bunker fuel Day Tank overflowed. It is estimated that around 2,000 liters of oil was discharged to the river as a result of the overflow.

Sec. Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and LLDA General Manager, made it clear that the LLDA’s role is to ensure that Solid Cement complies with the regulations of the Agency and the Clean Water Act, and that this should serve as a clear example why the laws on the protection of our waters must be fully enforced. “Anything that compromises water safety, such as sources of hazardous and toxic substances like oil depots, should be removed from our rivers and major bodies of water,” he added.

In the water sampling done by the Agency’s Environmental Laboratory and Research Division, it was found that the level of oil and grease in Bombongan River in Morong, which downstream is the source of the oil spill, was 69 mg./L, much higher than the normal acceptable level of 2 mg./L for “Class C” waters.