BSP Acknowledges Improvement of Environmental Pollution List

BSP Acknowledges Improvement of Environmental Pollution ListThe President Director of PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations (BSP), Ambono Janurianto, admitted that he has been "misled" after the BSP has been listed in the Proper black company list 2004-2005, although it is ready to make a revamping effort to realize BSP into a clean and non-polluting plantation company environment.

"Before being published in the mass media, we have indeed received a notice from KLH, but the letter of KLH was delayed we received in the range of one day from the deadline," Ambono told reporters in Jakarta on Monday (15/8).

He asserted, in principle BSP has actually done a lot of things not to be included in the list of black ratings. "And we will continue to solidify our commitment, we are a company that is very concerned about the environment," he said.

PT BSP is a producer of palm oil (CPO) and rubber, located in North Sumatra. One of its business units in the Bunut area, Kisaran, is included in the list of black-ranked companies for environmental management researched in the Company's 2005 Proper Performance Rating Program (Proper) Rating by the State Ministry of the Environment.

According to Ambono, not all BSP factory units are blacklisted. "Only one black rating, the rubber factory in Bunut," said Ambono. He acknowledged that the quality standard of waste water for the latex type latex rubber plant used by the Ministry of Environment (KLH) in Proper, is very difficult to achieve. "But that does not mean we did not make the effort to achieve it," he said.

He explained that as a plantation company that has pocketed ISO 14001: 1996 Certificate, PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations Tbk has made various efforts to conserve the environment. "In 2004 we have spent at least Rp834 million for environmental management needs," he said.

These efforts include conducting an evaluation study on Environmental Impact Assessment (AMDAL), conducting wastewater treatment with a six-stage biologic ponding system (coagulation through as a rubber thickening tube), rubber trap that takes the small particles of remaining rubber from the coagulation through the provision of anaerobic pools that serve to decompose chemical compounds in aquatic wastes and aerobic pools to decompose organic compounds in wastewater, the provision of sedimentation basins, aeration ponds) and various other endeavors.

According to him, in general, BSP has fulfilled the requirements set by KLH. Based on the last test of waste water analysis conducted by independent institution PT Sucofindo last July, for example, obtained good test results.

"Ammoniacal Nitrogen or NH3-N and Total Nitrogen are still within the standard quality limit," he said. He added that the NH3-N content analyzed by colorimetric method by PT Sucofindo was only 1.22 ppm while the quality standard based on Ministerial Decree LH was 5 ppm. "Our Total Nitrogen or N-Total is 3.80 ppm, the quality standard is 10 ppm," Ambono said.

Ambono then refers to some activities that have been done by his company in North Sumatra, as required by the Ministry of Environment. For example, taking measurements of airborne emissions and air quality, identifying B3 waste to used lubricating oil and used batteries in accordance with the latest B3 Waste identification report, and sending a B3 waste temporary storage / collection permit.

Simple SystemHe acknowledged that the environmental analysis and monitoring conducted by his company's internal laboratory still uses a simple system. However, the simple use of the system will in no way dampen the company's intentions and serious plans to improve its environmental management program by continuously conducting ongoing analyzes and monitoring with more competent institutions.

All efforts to manage a good and right environment, according to Ambono, can not be separated from the company's efforts to create good corporate governance (GCG) is good.

All matters related to efforts to uphold good and proper corporate governance are, according to him, detailed in the 2004 Annual Report of PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations Tbk. Therefore, he is optimistic that his side can improve the performance of environmental management in the future, so it is no longer rated black by KLH.

The scary status, he acknowledged, had a negative impact on his company. "We are a public company, after news in the newspapers many banks and investors have contacted me and asked them, I always answer and affirm that PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations Tbk is actually a company that is very concerned about the environment and ask them so as not to doubt our commitment to it, "he said. (* /

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