It will conduct special pollution monitoring activities on regions and facilities that require close control through September 26.
The Seoul City government will conduct special monitoring activities on environmental pollution actions during the Chuseok holidays, the biggest festive holidays in Korea.
The Seoul City authority said on September 15 that it will intensify environmental pollution action monitoring activities through September 26 on regions and facilities that require close control, in 3 stages.
The measure is taken based on concerns over possible illegal emission of wastewater by pollutant emission facilities during Chuseok holidays when crackdown is loosened.
In the first stage, the City government will examine 139 companies and facilities, sending 26 two-member teams daily until September 17.
Regions, companies and facilities subject to special monitoring include regions around water supply sources, streams around factories and factory concentrated regions, companies that were imposed with administrative sanctions or those that caused water pollution accidents during the past 2 years, facilities that emit toxic wastewater, facilities that emit large volume of wastewater, and large scale construction sites.
In the second stage, namely during the Chuseok holidays, the Seoul City government will operate the central situation room and autonomous district offices will operate their own situation rooms around the clock to receive reports on environment pollution deeds, including illegal release of wastewater.
For a week after holidays are over, or in the third stage, autonomous district offices will provide technical support to companies and facilities that were exposed to have caused pollution in the first and second stages or to those that require such support.
Director Bae Gwang-hwan of Water Management Policy Division at Seoul City government said, “The City authority will provide administrative and technical support to companies and facilities so that they will voluntarily make effort to prevent environmental contamination, realizing seriousness of environmental pollution. We hope citizens and relevant companies will actively report environmental pollution cases and take advantages of technical support and consultancy for operating environmental pollution prevention facilities.”
Reports on environmental contamination actions during the Chuseok holidays can be made to the Dasan Call Center in the Seoul City government (dial 120) and autonomous district offices (dial 128 with no area code).