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DATE:          20th June 2001
TIME:           10.30am

VENUE:        Bilik Qualiti, Pejabat Tanah, Subang Jaya
PRESENT:    Mr. Zoal Azha - Chief ADO
                    Mr. Suhaimi Bahari - ADO
                    Mr. Abdul Hamid Matpiah - GM, Puchong Quarry
                    Mr. Lee Chiow Nea - USJ 23
                    Mr. Mohd. Redzwan Yahya - USJ 23
                    Mr. Samsad A. Khan - USJ 23
                    Two representatives from Sime UEP (no name given)

REPORT WRITTEN BY: Lee Chiow Nea - Liaison Officer

 
Mr. Zoal Azha chaired the meeting and welcome every one who attended this meeting within such a short notice. He sounded a bit annoyed to receive USJ 23's second letter of complaint which set seven days for them to act on it. He was quick to add that this was not the main reason to call for this meeting. He explained the Land Office's policies on non-compliances and seriously looking into all complaints. He showed us the notice issued to Puchong Quarry dated 26th, June 2001 about our complaints. The complaints were then discussed point to point as follow:
 
QUARRY PERMIT
Mr. Zoal Azha said that the Quarry permit was expired on 31st December 2000 and was extended on yearly basis. He explained that the Government needs the revenue and there is no reason not to extend the permit. He stressed that the operator of the quarry must comply with the regulations stated in the permit.
 
OPERATING HOURS
The operating hours stated in the permit is: 8.30am to 6.00pm. Puchong Quarry General Manager, Mr. Abdul Hamid Matpiah explained that since they received the notice from the Land Office, the Quarry is operating accordingly.
 
Mr. Lee said that the USJ 23 residents noticed that the Quarry still operating beyond its operating hours some of the nights, especially the few nights before 16th of June which prompted us to sent the second letter on that date. We want to settle this problem once and for all and we will continue to monitor the situation.
 
Mr. Abdul Hamid assured us that the Quarry is not doing the crushing at night, the crushing of rocks stop at 6.00pm but they have to do the maintenance and cleaning up after that. The maintenance might take a few hours. That's why the lights are on at night.
 
NOISE POLLUTION
The Chairman said DOE's acceptable noise level is 65db and MPSJ's report was 64 db, which is acceptable.
Mr. Lee asked was it that the Quarry run at full load recently which caused the higher noise level?
Mr. Abdul Hamid explained that this is not the case, when the rocks are sent to the crasher, it will crash accordingly. More rocks will take a longer time and the noise level should be the same.
The Chairman concluded that Land Office will liaise with MPSJ to carry out random
test on the noise level.
 
DUST POLLUTION
Mr. Redzwan said that he saw the sprinkler system used by the quarry along LDP in Damansara but Puchong Quarry has non of these.
Mr. Abdul Hamid explained that Puchong Quarry is using another method to reduce the dust which is more effective. He welcome us to visit his Quarry to see for ourselves. However, he said they are trying to find other methods to reduce the dust level. They are considering using some thing like canvass to cover but give them some time to solve these out.
Mr. Redzwan and Mr. Samsad pointed out that the school which is just opposite the Quarry will be opened next year. The school children will suffer if nothing is done.
Mr. Lee pointed out that the Quarry located at west-south-west of USJ 23, with the south-west monsoon wind and the sea-breeze, the dust will rain down on USJ 23 which is about 800m away.
Mr. Abdul Hamid corrected that USJ 23 was 1.2km straight line from the Quarry. He also explained that due to the recent development of Sime UEP, clearing the land infront of the Quarry and thus exposed the Quarry. The trees which were cleared actually formed as a barrier to reduce the noise and dust pollution.
The Chairman concluded that Land Office will liaise with DOE to do random test on the dust pollution level and will monitor the situation.
 
There is no other matters, the meeting was stopped at 11.15am.
 
     

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