DENR to issue violation to vessel over waste water
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will serve a notice of violation against the owner of the MV Sarangani, a vessel that was tagged as the source of waste water in Manila Bay. Jonas Leones, undersecretary for DENR, said on Thursday that the waste water from the vessel was above the acceptable level set by the agency. Water samples taken from the area showed effluent fecal coliform count of 1,700 most probable number per 100 milliliters (MPN/100 mL), significantly higher than the standard 200 MPN/100 ml. The ambient fecal coliform likewise showed a high reading at 2,400 MPN/100 ml. The standard level is 100 MPN/100 mL. The test also showed that oil and grease traced from the vessel was 19 milligrams per liter, exceeding the standard 5 mg/L. —Nikka G. Valenzuela
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