Ice plant asked to explain gas leak mishap –Celso PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:12

The cold storage plant involved in a gas leak mishap has been ordered to explain why it should not be fined for certain violations that resulted to the freak accident last March

Mayor Celso Lobregat disclosed this, citing findings and recommendations of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) following inspections done in the area together with personnel from the City Health Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (OCENR) and City Agriculturist Office (CAO).

“We are awaiting the reply of the company”, the mayor said when asked about updates on the investigation on the gas leak incident at the Leo ice plant that downed about hundred people and temporarily displaced at least 300 families in barangay Ayala.

According to Mayor Lobregat, the ice plant would be facing sanctions including the payment of fines if and when it cannot adequately explain the violations cited by the team that investigated the gas leak incident.

On the other hand, he said, the company has to adopt certain corrective measures before they can reopen the cold storage facility.

The violations cited by the probe team include the company’s failure to institute adequate measures during repair work and the failure to obtain certain permits.

On the other hand, the chief executive said air testing done in the area surrounding the Leo ice plant showed normal air level results in the community and the adjacent areas.

A re-inspection is set to conduct in the ice plant to ensure prompt compliance to all corrective measures recommended and to ensure that no similar incident will happen in the future.

The company shouldered all the medical expenses incurred by the victims in the hospital.

Monitoring activities are being done in similar companies to ensure compliance to safety rules and regulations.

Recall that Mayor Lobregat rushed to the scene immediately after being informed of the gas leak incident around 10pm March 1. He stayed up the whole night to personally look into the situation at the plant, help provide the needs of the evacuees at the gymnasium and the medical needs of the victims at the hospital.

He likewise ordered a probe of the incident by authorities from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the DENR, the OCENR, CAO and CHO.
The gas leaked while company personnel were carrying out repair work. The ammonia leakage rapidly spread through the community affecting the families residing thereat. — Sheila Covarrubias