Alcohol plant resumes operation
APALIT — After a month of suspension, the Far East Alcohol Corporation (Feaco) is back to business.
Feaco has reportedly complied with the requirements set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government here. Feaco Pollution Control Officer Mercy Simon recently told Sun.Star Pampanga that the alcohol plant officially resumed its operation last October 21. “October 21, okay na after ma-comply all ‘yung mga requirements and clearances namin, then one week pa bago kami nag-fully operational kasi dry run muna kami to check all the motors and pumps,” Simon said in a text message, adding that management was able to secure all necessary permits from DENR and local government. The reopening of Feaco is three months ahead of the supposed four-month suspension ordered by the Sangguniang Bayan here after the plant allegedly caused fish kill in the Macabebe and Masantol portion of the Pampanga River.
The local government here earlier looked into the possible extension of the 30-day cease and desist order it served to the alcohol plant to give way for its comprehensive rehabilitation to avoid recurrence of the incident. Apalit Mayor Peter Nucom said that Feaco’s reopening was based on the documents they submitted and the successful rehabilitation seen by officials of the DENR, Pampanga Environment and Natural Resources, other concerned agencies and the local government here. Nucom said he is still looking into the possibility of transfering the alcohol plant considering that its current location near a residential area and beside the Pampanga River is no longer ideal. “Ang gusto ko pa rin ay mairelocate na siya. Anywhere but hindi na dito sa Apalit kasi ‘yung lugar niya talaga ay malapit na sa residential area. Marami na din mga residente doon sa area na lumalapit sa amin tungkol d’yan,” he said. The mayor said the permit issued will lapse by the end of 2017 and its renewal will be based on another assessment conducted by the monitoring team.