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The West Java Indonesian Textile Association (API) said the waste that pollutes the Cimeta River does not necessarily come from the textile industry. Public Relations of West Java API Nia Alamanda said the responsibility for waste is not only on the textile industry, but also on other companies. "Based on the information we got, the task force also intervened in the waste research, so it is not certain that the waste came from the textile industry, let alone intentionally dumping waste in the Cimeta river and harming the surrounding environment," Nia said, Friday (3/6).

Meanwhile, Deputy BPD API West Java David Leonardi said the textile industry is committed to protecting the environment by making reports on waste quality standards to the Environment Agency. The textile industry together with the Citarum Harum Task Force also checks the quality standards of waste.

"All textile industries have a sewage treatment plant before it is discharged into the river on condition that it meets industrial quality standards," said David.

He said the costs incurred depend on the wastewater treatment capacity, which is a minimum of IDR 500 million to IDR 1 billion to reach the waste quality standard.

Previously, it was known that the Cimeta River water had changed color and was suspected to be contaminated with factory waste.

The Citarum Harum Task Force said that there were packaging containing dyes around the river which were suspected to be B3 waste, to be precise in RT 02/RW 01, Tagog Apu Village, Padalarang District.

"It turned red. The information came from a dye. It will be checked again later," said Taufan, an officer of the Citarum Task Force.

Environmental Element Community (ELINGAN) activist, Deni said the river water turned red today. However, this is not the first time this has happened.

Deni revealed that the Cimeta River has been polluted for a long time. The color of the water also changes frequently, not just red.

"The color isn't always red. It just so happens that the color is red. Not every day, but usually it's rainy season and night," he said.

Meanwhile, Head of the Environmental Law Arrangement Division of the Environment Service (DLH) of West Java Province, Arif Budhiyanto, said that the Cimeta River water changed color because of the dye wrapped in a plastic bag with a capacity of approximately 30 kg.

Apparently, the package was thrown into the river by residents on the orders of other residents.

"We collected information from the two local residents. The dumper admitted that he dumped the pollutant source from the road shoulder into the river on the orders of another resident," said Arif.

For the time being, several people have been investigated by the authorities and lead to allegations of criminal acts which are currently being handled by the Cimahi Police and Civil Servant Investigators for the Environment.

Arif added that the results of the follow-up examination will be the basis for determining the suspect after going through the case process according to the mechanism of the Criminal Procedure Code.