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  This article appeared in the New Straits Times, Thursday 15/11/2001

USJ receives assurance over quarry operations

Residents of USJ23 and 26 in Subang Jaya have been assured that the quarry which is operating close to their homes will strictly operate within the approved stipulated times and permissible levels of air quality and noise.

This was the response from Sime UEP Properties Berhad (consumer and communications) general manager Raymond Chong on behalf of its subsidiary Puchong Quarry Sdn Bhd, which operates the quarry at USJ23.

Chong was responding to protests by residents of USJ23 and 26, who were unhappy about the quarry's operating hours and the noise and dust pollution generated by the operations.

In a letter faxed to the New Straits Times, he said:

"With the well-being of residents in mind, every effort is being taken by the operator to co-ordinate the completion of the remaining quarry land by the end of 2002 as the quarry land has been earmarked for development."
"To safeguard the interest of residents, the quarry operators has appointed an independent consultant to monitor the air quality and noise level in the vicinity of the quarry operations."
"Based on the last report submitted by the consultant in September, both the air quality and noise level are within the permissible level stipulated by the authorities."
"The residents can rest assured that the quarry will operate strictly within the approved stipulated time, and permissible levels of air quality and noise are adhered to, as the welfare of residents remains our outmost priority."

Chong said approval had been given on Sept 18 by the Petaling District Land Office for the quarry to operate from 8am to 10pm to speed up the quarry works.

The residents were unhappy with the operator for operating until 10pm every night for the past three months.

Resident Beh Yong Hock said earlier, it had only operated up to 5pm, but later extended to 6pm, and then till late at night to about 11pm.

"The constant rumblings and dust from the quarry, which is about 800 metres from our homes, have disturbed us and led to sinus problems among residents, besides polluting the environment," he claimed.

"Earlier this year, when the quarry operated long hours, the Residents Association sent numerous letters and even e-mailed the quarry manager but there was no response."

"Later, the problem was brought up with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council. The council said the quarry was not under its jurisdiction but under the Petaling District Land Office, which issued the operating permit," Beh said.

He said the council took the effort to check the noise level of the operation and found that it exceed the permissible level, following which the council issued a show-cause letter to the operator.

"After that episode in June, the operator stuck to their normal operating hours and worked until 6pm for three months, but last month, they went back to operating until 10pm," Beh said

 
     
 

Unhappy... Beh (left) with other residents holding posters to protest against the quarry operating hours.

 
     

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