PT Freeport Indonesia Has No Waste Water Monitoring Data

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Ministry of Environment and Forestry listed PT Freeport Indonesia in the Red category at its corporate performance on environment management rating or known PROPER in 2015. The red category means that PT Freeport Indonesia does not comply with environmental regulations.

MS Karliansyah, director general for Pollution and Environmental Damage Control at the ministry said PT Freeport Indonesia did not have data on waste water quality monitoring in its area. Hence, Ministry Environment and Forestry issued administrative sanction and listed the company in the Red category.

“The company is currently undergoing its sanction as we found they don’t have waste water monitoring data and we suspected that the water runs through estuary ecosystem area. That is why we gave the company red,” he said in Jakarta on Tuesday(15/12).

Karliansyah said that PT Freeport Indonesia also still has issue with its landfill’s permits which led to problems such as water pollution, air pollution, toxic and hazardous materials, and sea damage.

However, he said that the ministry has yet to take legal actions as they want to give the company the chance to improve its performances. Legal actions, he said, would be taken if the company has no effort at all.

“At the moment, we are just giving guidance for the gold and copper company. The ministry did not make any field monitoring for the past two years over security reasons in Papua,” he said.

Reports by Danny Kosasih