President of Indonesia, Logic Broken; Remove the Coal Waste Handling Regulations

UMMATIMES - Head of the Advocacy Department for the Indonesian Forum for the Environment, Zenzi Suhadi, said fly ash and bottom ash or FABA should not be removed from the list of B3 waste (hazardous and toxic materials). Zenzi Suhadi assessed that the excuse of various parties saying that coal waste can be used is a wrong view.

The View of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment

"The release of toxic and hazardous materials that are not allowed, is not a matter of whether they can be used or not. The government's logic is broken, ”Zenzi said on Friday, 12/3.

According to Zenzi Suhadi, the Jokowi government's decision through a derivative Omnibuslaw regulation proves that the law is made to protect environmental rulers. This will actually sacrifice the people's right to life, especially those who live around the waste disposal area.

FABA is solid waste resulting from burning coal in steam power plants, boilers and industrial furnaces for construction raw materials. The policy for eliminating this category is contained in Government Regulation (PP) Number 22 of 2021 concerning the Implementation of Environmental Protection and Management as a derivative of the Job Creation Law or Omnibuslaw.

On the pretext of eliminating FABA waste from the category of B3 waste (hazardous and toxic materials) due to economic problems, Zenzi Suhadi asked the government to review the existence of a Steam Power Plant. "In environmental law, if the production cost is greater than revenue, the business is not feasible, so the Steam Power Plant must be reviewed if it loses," he said.

Views of the Deputy of Environment and Forestry Management of the Indonesian Maritime Ministry

Deputy of Environment and Forestry Management of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Nani Hendriati, previously said that the drafting of regulations to remove waste categories required a long process. "The drafting of PP 22 which was guarded by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry required a long process and finally removed FABA from the B3 List (hazardous and toxic materials)," said Nani Hendriati, last March 3.

According to the President Director of PT Bukit Asam (Persero) Tbk. Arviyan Afirin, developed countries in Europe have not considered coal waste as a hazardous waste, so its utilization technology is developing very rapidly. He detailed that the simplest coal waste can be processed into road piles, blockades, and building materials to replace cement.