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Nestle fined RM90,000 for environmental pollution

The company pleaded guilty to two counts of releasing industrial effluent in excess of the acceptable limit.

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Nestle Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Nestle Manufacturing) was fined RM90,000 by the Sessions Court in Shah Alam today on two counts of releasing industrial effluent in excess of the acceptable limit.

Judge Rofiah Mohamad meted out the fine after the company, represented by its Nestle Manufacturing Safety and Health manager, K Arunan, 47, changed his plea to guilty to both charges.

When meting out the fine, Rofiah said she took into account the gravity of environmental pollution, adding that this involves public interests.

On the first count, the company was charged under Regulation 11 (1) (b) of the Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent) Regulations 2009 with releasing five types of industrial effluent containing biochemical oxygen demand requirements exceeding the standard limit into inland waters.

The second was for releasing concentrated chemical oxygen demand requirements in excess of the standard limits into inland waters.

The offences were committed at its premises at Jalan Playar 15/1, Section 15 Shah Alam on May 21, 2019 between 10.10am and 1pm.

The company was fined RM50,000 for the first charge and RM40,000 for the second count.

Prosecuting officer from the Selangor Department of Environment Nor Faizura Mohd Ali prosecuted, while Nestle Manufacturing was represented by lawyer J Rao.

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