Inhaling Coal Dust Every Day, Residents of Panjang Bandar Lampung Complain of Coughing and Shortness of Breath
Kupastuntas.co, Bandar Lampung - Residents in
Bandar Lampung Indonesia are still complaining about air pollution coming from
a number of coal stockpiles. Every day residents are forced to breathe coal
dust that enters residential areas.
Coal dust pollution from a number of
stockpiles in Bandar Lampung still continues to occur. The El Nino phenomenon
results in a long dry season and strong winds, causing coal dust to fly into
Residents in Way Lunik Village, Panjang
District, Bandar Lampung, complained about dust pollution originating from coal
stockpiles in the local area. Every day residents have to clean the floors of
their houses from coal dust carried by the wind.
According to Kupastuntas.co's observations at
the location, coal dust littered the floors of residents' houses and even the
terraces of minimarkets. The minimarket parking attendant in Way Lunik,
Supriyadi, said that the dust came from several coal stockpiles in the Way
"There are several coal stockpiles here,
bro. There are lots of coal stockpiles around here. One of them is owned by the
company GML (Global Mahardika Logistik)," said Supriyadi, Thursday
Supriyadi said that during the long dry season
like now, strong winds blow, resulting in more coal dust entering people's
homes and business premises.
"Every few hours you have to sweep it
continuously because it is dirty with coal dust. You can see that it is already
black," said Supriyadi while showing the minimarket floor which was
littered with coal dust.
He said, every day you have to wear a mask,
especially when going outside or doing activities outside the home. This is
done because coal dust flies everywhere in the wind.
"If you don't wear a mask, you're afraid
of the dust. You're afraid it will threaten your health too. Because there are
already several residents who are coughing, perhaps because they often inhale
coal dust," he said.
He hopes that the regional government can
follow up on complaints from residents who are concerned about coal stockpile
dust pollution. "We hope that the government can follow up on this
problem, because coal dust is very dangerous for health," he added.
Sutartih, the owner of a food stall in Way
Lunik also complained about coal dust flying everywhere and entering his house
and business premises.
"Yes, coal dust blown by the wind sticks
to all the merchandise. Coal dust has been scattered more and more since this
long dry season. It must be cleaned regularly, especially in this dry season,
the dust is scattered everywhere because of the strong winds," he said.
Another resident, Rosit, also complained about
the amount of coal dust entering his house. As a result, the floor of his house
turned black because of the coal dust.
"The dust has been bad for two weeks now.
The floor of my house is black because coal dust has come in. Even though it
has just been mopped, it won't be long before it turns black again. Because the
wind is strong, a lot of coal dust has entered the house," he said.
He said that coal dust entering the house was
very dangerous for small children, especially babies. "There are also
people who are coughing and short of breath because of this coal dust. I would
like an effort from companies that have coal stockpiles to prevent this dust
from flying far away. "So it doesn't disturb residents," he said.
The location of this company's coal stockpile
is not far from residential areas. The distance is less than one kilometer.
Even though containment nets have been made, a lot of coal dust still enters
Yusuf, another resident in Way Lunik Village,
said that there are many negative impacts caused by the existence of coal
stockpiles, especially on health and the environment. He hopes that the coal
stockpile in Way Lunik will now be closed.
Yusuf revealed that installing nets to
anticipate the impact of dust from coal stockpiles did not have maximum
function and effect. Because coal dust still enters people's homes.
"So, if possible, just close it if it
only makes residents uneasy, continuing to only prioritize certain groups.
Meanwhile, the community is the one who feels the impact," he said.
Yusuf said that if the coal stockpile did not
cause dust pollution, local residents would not have a problem with it. And as
long as it doesn't disturb or threaten public health.
Agus, other residents questioned the
performance of the relevant parties involved in monitoring the coal stockpile,
both from the Environmental Service (DLH) and the Bandar Lampung Regional
People's Representative Assembly (DPRD).
"DLH and DPRD must have a commitment to
overcome the problems caused by the existence of this coal stockpile. If that
is not possible, then the residents will take action," he stressed.
Agus said, according to regulations, coal
storage must be at least 1 kilometer from residential areas. But in reality,
now it is in the middle of a residential area.
"This is actually permitted in the middle
of residential areas, and why until today there has been no action taken by DLH
and DPRD. This is what makes me concerned. There must be concrete steps to
overcome this problem," he said. (*)
This news was published in the Friday 20
October 2023 edition of Kupas Tuntas daily Newspaper with the title
"Residents Breathe Coal Dust Every Day"
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