August 19, 2016

Government temporarily closes large-scale Ayeyawady brewery

NO 3(global)THE Yaung Ni Brewery, situated in Ayeyawady Region’s Myanaung Township, has been ordered by regional government to suspend its activities after the Brewery was found to be in violation of waste management regulations.
The government’s directive comes following a surprise inspection to the brewery during which it was discovered they were polluting nearby streams and irrigation channels with their waste water without first purifying it. “Regulations were set which stipulate the brewery has until the end of August to definitively test is purification system. Furthermore, in the manner as agreed [with the plant owners] we have instructed they temporarily suspend their alcohol processing operations after they were found, upon inspection, to be expelling wastage into the environment, which they agreed would be the consequence if they were discovered to be committing such acts,” said U Win Htay, Minister of Electricity, Industry and Communication for Ayeyawady Region.
The brewery will reportedly be permitted to resume its activities if they agree to mitigate the harmful effects on local residents, from expelling pollutants from the plant into the local environment, by running their plant in accordance with stipulated regulations. Further inspections will reportedly also be made to ascertain whether the plant’s tax records in order and whether they are producing quantities of alcohol in the manner with which government regulations permit.
During a regular session of the Ayeyawady Region Hluttaw, Daw Su Su Aung, MP for Myan Aung Township, reportedly requested the closure of the brewery because of its infliction upon the health and lives of local residents caused by the reckless expelling of dangerous waste from the plant into the environment and local water supplies.
“The air, water and earth has been polluted [by this plant]. I’m addressing this issue in order to put a halt to the dangers posed to our environment by the alcohol processing plant as we find ourselves in a situation whereby farmland crops have been destroyed and the health and livelihoods of the public are being inflicted upon,” said Daw Su Su Aung.
The Yaung Ni Alcohol Processing Plant is situated on 20 acres of land beside the Chankin – Myanaung highroad. It produces 6,500 gallons of alcohol a day, but in order to produce such a volume of alcohol requires the plant to expel 35,000 gallons of waste water, according to Daw Su Su Aung.—Myitmakha News Agency


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