MARILAO, Bulacan – Toxic fumes coming from a factory in this town have engulfed several residential areas in this municipality, a police official said Friday.
The foul smell was monitored to have affected the community at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, forcing Marilao Mayor Ricky Silvestre, Marilao Municipal Police Station and concerned department heads of the local government unit to inspect the area.
Mendoza said the inspection team discovered that the foul odor was coming from the waste disposal area of the factory where ammonium nitrate used in the cleaning of aluminum kitchen wares are being disposed of, pending the collection of waste materials the factory’s service provider.
“A soil sample was taken from the disposal area and sent to the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to determine its toxicity level and later was covered with soil to prevent the foul smell from spreading,” he said.
On the other hand, report reaching the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Bulacan said at least 774 families or 2,929 individuals in Barangay Prenza II and 453 families or 1,821 individuals in Barangay Poblacion, both in Marilao town, were affected by the foul smell. (RONDA Balita Online News)