The Denpasar government program, Development of Waste Management to Electric Energy (PSEL), drew objections from an environmental organization in Bali.
The program treats waste in the Suwung Landfill in Denpasar by turning it into electricity through the use of an incinerator (a waste burning device). The process releases toxins into the air causing air pollution and environmental hazards.
In response, the Indonesian Environment Activists (WALHI) questioned the safety of the program, adding that it would be harmful to people’s health.
Denpasar city government is currently at the preparation stage as progress has reached the environmental impact analysis.
During the latest meeting held on January 11/21 to discuss the project, WALHI was not invited to attend.
The Legal Manager of WALHI, Krisna Dinata, was disappointed in the government’s decision to not involve them in the crucial discussion.
WAHLI says as an environmental organization in Bali, they need to be involved in such matters.
“Despite not getting invited, we had to force our way into the virtual meeting because as an organization that promotes sustainable living in Bali we have a right to fight for this,” Krisna Dinata said on Thursday (11/2).
During the meeting, Dinata protested policies that could potentially harm the surrounding environment.
“The officials didn’t invite people from Tuban or Kuta that would be directly impacted by this incinerator process,” Dinata added.
According to research from WAHLI, the gas from the incinerator’s combustion process could be dangerous to the health of residents in the area.
“The gas from the process could potentially lead to cancer and infertility, so we have to stop this before it’s too late,” Dinata concluded.
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