Cebu landfill operator ordered to shut down

Published May 22, 2019, 6:30 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Minerva Newman

CEBU CITY — The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) issued a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) to Asian Energy Systems Corp., operator of a sanitary landfill in Polog, Consolacion, Cebu, for environmental violations.

EMB Director for Central Visayas William Cunado said Asian Energy Systems failed to implement its Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that resulted in a landslide last May 4.

The EMP is one of the conditions in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued to the landfill operator on Feb. 10, 2010, Cunado said.

Asian Energy Systems was also found to have exceeded the wastewater effluent limit for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Ammonia, and Total Coliform parameters, he added.

The CDO was served last May 7 and the company’s officials were summoned to a Technical Conference and apprised of the violations.

The company was also fined P100,000.

Asian Energy Systems was required to submit a rehabilitation plan for the landslide area within 15 days and rehabilitate the affected area.

It was also ordered to immediately stop discharging wastewater and seal all leakages.

The environmental bureau will conduct another inspection to determine compliance, Cunado said.