La Carlota Gov’t Suspends Roxol Ethanol Plant Opns
The City Government of La Carlota, through a November 15, 2017 executive order signed by Mayor Luis Jacky D. Jalandoni III, suspended the Mayor’s Permit of Roxol Bioenergy Corporation, imposing an order to cease and desist from operating the ethanol plant and its accessories, temporarily.
The order notes that the suspension “may be lifted at any time should Roxol Bioenergy Corporation has demonstrated in good faith true and genuine activities showing substantial mitigation of obnoxious foul odor in compliance with its permanent comprehensive pollution control program and plan of actions submitted to this office vis-a-vis the Environment Complaice Certificate (ECC) issued by the DENR”.
The order tasks the City Legal Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, City Health Office and the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) to serve the cease and desist order within 72 hours from receipt, and to ensure that Roxol complies with the order.
A report shall likewise be submitted to this Office within forty-eight (48) hours from execution stating therein.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod earlier passed Resolution No. 2017-128 requesting for the suspension the validity of the business permit granted to Roxol to operate an ethanol plant and to cease and desist from operating the same until it has implemented the necessary measures to effectively eradicate the extremely foul and highly obnoxious odor emanating from the ethanol plant wastewater treatment pond which can seriously compromise the health as well as the general welfare and convenience of the residents of La Carlota.
The Office of the Liga ng mga Barangay also passed a resolution on November 15, 2017 appealing for the temporarily closure of Roxol.*(Jun de los Reyes)