By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State Commissioner for Environment, Mr John Nani, yesterday, said that the result of the random samples of alleged toxic waste dumped in Koko which was collected by the state government for laboratory analysis is out, disclosing that the substance was not toxic as widely speculated.
Nani, who made the disclosure in Asaba while briefing newsmen, said: “The substance bore no serious threat to human health, aquatic lives, vegetation and environmental sustainability.”
It will be recalled that Nani and the Area Comptroller, Nigeria Custom Service, Delta/Edo zone, had visited Koko following alleged dumping of suspected toxic waste at the dump site of Ebenco Global Links Limited, an integrated Waste Management facility in Koko.
He said: “The waste is a product of crude petroleum and appears to be treated petroleum sludge. Some of the toxic parts of the crude oil such as PAH, BTEX, Hg, Cd, Pb, As, Cr, V, Ni, among others, were among the parameters analysed and compared with DPR intervention values.
“It is overtly convincing that DPR regulation as contained in the Environmental Guidelines and Standards for the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria, EGASPIN, was carefully followed in the process of the treatment of the substance.
“The further analysis of the collected samples using DPR parameters also reveals that the substance has minimal toxicity and therefore, not capable of contaminating ground water as alleged.”
Nani, however, reiterated that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is poised to secure lives and property by ensuring strict environmental compliance, monitoring and regular sanitary inspections of residences and facilities across the state while positively engaging all relevant stakeholders and progressive partners to ensure a robust prosperity for all Deltans.