SBMA probes waste dumping in Subic Bay

Posted at Nov 09 2012 07:26 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2012 03:29 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has confirmed to ABS-CBN News it is looking into reports a US Navy contractor discharged hazardous wastes into the waters of Subic Bay last month.

The contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia is servicing American ships that recently took part in joint military exercises with the Armed Forces.

Its job includes collecting liquid wastes from US ships.

Speaking to ANC's Top Story, SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia denied that the liquid wastes were nuclear or chemical wastes.

"We are talking about wastes generated by ships. One is oil or bilge water and the other is domestic waste from toilets," he said.

He said domestic wastes can be treated and then dumped in waters. However, he said oil is a pollutant that cannot be dumped in waters except in an emergency.

He said the contractor has denied violating environmental laws in the country.

Garcia denied that only the VFA Commission, and not SBMA, has jurisdiction on the US Navy contractor. "We have the responsibility to make sure that environmental laws are complied with, not only VFA ships but al ships entering Subic Bay," he said.

"They have to comply with [SBMA] rules and regulations," he added.

ANC TOP STORY, November 9, 2012