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Repeat Offender NSL Oilchem Logistics fined $17,000 for the Illegal Discharge of Trade Effluent and Tampering with PUB’s Monitoring Equipment335https://www.pub.gov.sg/news/pressreleases/2021PR024Repeat Offender NSL Oilchem Logistics fined $17,000 for the Illegal Discharge of Trade Effluent and Tampering with PUB’s Monitoring Equipment23/11/2021 4:00:00 PMIssue DateOverviewAbout PUB, Singapore’s National Water AgencyFind out more about us<p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>​Singapore, 24 November 2021 </strong>– Toxic industrial waste management company NSL Oilchem Logistics Private Limited (NSL Oilchem Logistics) was convicted on 12 October 2021 for the illegal discharge of trade effluent into public sewers on two occasions – 24 September 2020 and 26 October 2020. For these incidents, NSL Oilchem Logistics faced three charges in court and was sentenced to a total fine of $17,000. This is their second conviction in court for similar offences.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">2          Between August 2020 and October 2020, PUB's regular sampling regime detected abnormally high levels of regulated substances such as heavy metals and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) on several occasions at night in the public sewers located in the Tuas area. These readings were traced to NSL Oilchem Logistics' premises at Tuas Avenue 12. On 24 September 2020, during a routine inspection by PUB where samples of trade effluent were collected, NSL Oilchem Logistics was found to have discharged non-compliant trade effluent containing heavy metals beyond the permissible levels into the public sewers. In the following month, on 26 October 2020, PUB officers carried out a surprise late-night inspection and caught NSL Oilchem Logistics personnel in the act of illegally discharging trade effluent. This time, NSL Oilchem Logistics had also tampered with the monitoring equipment and sampling tubes placed at the inspection chamber to avoid detection by PUB.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">3          As NSL Oilchem Logistics is a repeat offender and they had tampered with PUB's monitoring equipment, PUB immediately revoked its Written Approval to discharge trade effluent into the sewers on 26 October 2020. This was only reinstated on 17 August 2021 after they had fulfilled the conditions stipulated by PUB, which include reviewing the adequacy of treatment facilities for trade effluent and implementing appropriate measures to prevent recurrence of future acts of illegal discharge. During this period, NSL Oilchem Logistics was not allowed to discharge any trade effluent from its premises into the sewers.​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">4          NSL Oilchem Logistics was previously convicted on 30 Oct 2018 for three similar charges under Regulation 10 (1)(a) & (1)(c) of the Sewerage and Drainage (Trade Effluent) Regulations for offences committed on 12 January and 9 May 2017, amounting to a total of $12,200 in fines.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">5          “Used water is a precious resource in Singapore, and the integrity of Singapore's public sewerage system is crucial to PUB's operations. We monitor the quality of used water in the sewers through a network of real-time sensors and regular used water sampling and analysis. PUB has a zero-tolerance policy towards the illegal discharge of non-compliant trade effluent into public sewers, as well as any acts of tampering on monitoring equipment by trade premises to avoid detection. Such acts disrupt our used water reclamation processes and also endanger the health and safety of our workers. We will not hesitate to take enforcement action against offenders breaking the law," said Mr Maurice Neo, Director of PUB's Water Reclamation Network.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">6          Under the Sewerage and Drainage (Trade Effluent) Regulations, the penalty for discharging hazardous substances is a fine of up to $15,000 or imprisonment for up to three months, or both. Members of the public are encouraged to report incidents of illegal discharge of non-compliant trade effluent to PUB's 24-hour call centre on 1800-CALL-PUB (1800-2255-782).</p> <p style="text-align:center;">***​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<span>PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE). It is the national water agency, which manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment, and used water in an integrated way. From April 2020, PUB also took on the responsibility of protecting Singapore's coastline from sea-level rise as the national coastal protection agency.</span><span> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). PUB leads and coordinates whole-of-government efforts to protect Singapore from the threat of rising seas and the holistic management of inland and coastal flood risks.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore's precious water resources. 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