Certified ISPO state-owned business eliminate citizens’ access to the right of the clean water

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PT. Perkebunan Nusantara VIII (PTPN VIII) is one of the state-owned plantation companies that make oil palm as the main commodity of plantation crops, the area of oil palm plantations owned is around 19,454 ha spread across 2 provinces namely West Java Province (Bogor and Sukabumi District) and Banten (Lebak Districk).

Until now PTPN VIIII has not held an ISPO certificate. Of the 16 red plate companies that have oil palm commodities, only 2 companies hold ISPO certificates. In fact, state companies are expected to be more compliant with the principles of ISPO or Indonesian sustainable palm certification. ISPO is an Indonesian government policy that aims to increase the competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil in a world market that is free from environmental problems.

But unfortunately, since 2013 PTPN VIII Cikasungka Cigudeg’s palm oil mill waste, Bogor Regency has allegedly repeatedly polluted the Cikalong and Cidurian Rivers during the rainy season. Even though the two rivers are the main water source for villagers living around the riverbanks, especially Kalongsawah Village, Sipak Village, Pamegarsari Village and Mekarjaya Village.

This incident recurs, and occurs again on Wednesday and Thursday, November 29-30, 2017. Nearing midnight after rain, waste from reservoirs not far from the village and river flows into the Cikalong River and Cidurian River for tens of kilometers . Twinkling river water from the two river water changes color to jet black, slimy, and foul-smelling. Hundreds of families in Jasinga and Cigudeg sub-districts who use water every day cannot use it anymore because the water has changed completely and is scary.

The four villages closest to the river suffered the most severe pollution impacts, the river can no longer provide clean water for bathing and washing. Likewise, caretakers of Islamic boarding schools complained about the absence of clean water for ablution for their students.

The community has reported the incident to the Bogor Regency Environmental Office (DLH) dated 30 November 2017, and has been followed up by DLH by conducting a field check on 4 and 6 December 2017, and giving a warning to the President Director of PTPN VIII through letter number 6601 / 2276 / PHPL-DLH on December 8, 2017 last. One of the contents of the reprimand requires PTPN VIIII Cikasungka Cigudeg to stop the disposal of wastewater to environmental media (rivers and land) and complete and have permission to dispose of waste water. PTPN VIII’s Waste Water Disposal Permit has expired on July 18, 21017.

Since the issuance of the Bogor Regency DLH warning letter, currently PTPN VIIII Cikasungka Cigudeg is adding four new two-hectare waste storage ponds. This pool adds 15 existing ponds. However, residents said that each holding pond still left black and odor black wastewater. It is suspected that there is no special treatment for waste management from each of the holding ponds.

Affected residents demanded PTPN VIII to no longer pollute the Cikalong River and Cidurian River for their activities in the village environment. Residents also demanded PTPN VIIII Cikasungka Cigudeg to conduct factory waste management in accordance with applicable regulations and Minister of Environment Regulation No. 5 of 2014, and the government cracked down on violations committed by PTPN VIII.

KehaThe destruction of the ecosystem and damage to the water quality of the Cikalong and Cidurian Rivers must be restored by PTPN VIII Cikasungka Cigudeg. Furthermore, waste victims need to get compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Contact Person :

Masuta, Ketua RW 05 Kampung Kalongdagul, Desa Kalongsawah, Kec. Jasinga, Kabupaten Bogor, 0856 1252 181

Andi Ahmadi S.Pd. Ketua Presidium Koalisi Pemuda Anti Limbah Desa Kalongsawah, Kec.Jasinga, Kabupaten Bogor, 0817 6577 774

Johanes Jenito. Kaoem Telapak. 0811 5221 985

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