CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AGAINST AZZIONS RECYCLING SOLUTIONS, INC.

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Carmona, Cavite – August 11, 2016 -- The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) enforced a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) against the Azzions Recycling Solutions, Inc. located at the Golden Mile Business Park (GMBP).

The LLDA enforcement team led by LLDA General Manager Secretary J. R. Nereus O. Acosta served the ex-parte CDO dated August 10, 2016 to immediately prevent the discharge of obnoxious and pollutive wastewater to the Carmona River.

The CDO signed by GM Acosta stated that the Authority finds a prima facie evidence that the discharged wastes coming from respondent’s establishment are of immediate threat to life, public health, safety or welfare to animals or plant life.

The CDO issued directs the immediate discontinuance of pollutive discharge or the temporary suspension or cessation of the operation of the establishment generating such wastes without the necessity of a prior public hearing.

In conformity with the Agency’s mandate, and pursuant to the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, CDOs are issued against persons or establishments that do not follow the standards set for the discharge of wastewater that eventually drains out to the Laguna de Bay, in order to prevent such wastewater from polluting the Lake.

The CDO was issued in response to the complaint filed by concerned residents of Barangay Tubigan in the neighboring municipality of Biñan on May 23 this year. The barangay is located across the GMBP separated by the Carmona River.

Sec. Acosta, a three-term congressman from Bukidnon, is the principal author of the Clear Water Act said, “LLDA does not single out certain types of establishments, but strictly imposes the guidelines and regulations set on all establishments regardless of their industry type to ensure the sustainable resilience of the Laguna de Bay Basin.”

Sec. Acosta made it clear that the LLDA’s role is to ensure that Azzions Recycling Solutions, Inc. complies with the regulations of the Agency and Clean Water Act, and that he hopes that this serves as a clear example why there is a need to fully impose the laws relating to the protection of our waters. “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 Azzions Recycling Solutions, Inc. fail the effluent standards for Class C Waters parameters’ Chemical Oxygen Demand and Biological Oxygen Demand.