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National Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) Discharge Standard Malaysia


1.0 Environmental Quality Act

The Environmental Quality (Prescribed Premises) (Crude Palm-Oil) Regulations 1977 outlines the conditions to discharge effluent from palm oil mill premises.


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1.1 Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Licensing Regulation (Act 582)

The regulation states that palm oil mills engaging in activities that violate the rules and regulations may be subjet to a show-cause letter, compound of up to RM100,000 and suspension or revocation of their licences.


Palm oil mills must comply to both the regulations of the MPOB and Department of Environment (DOE) on the processing of effluent systems at all times.


2.0 National Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) Discharge Standard Malaysia


The parameter limits for POME discharge based on the Environmental Quality Act is as below:


Table 2.0A: Parameter Limits for Watercourse Discharge of Effluent From Prescribed Premises Occupied or Used For the Production of Palm Oil or Its Associated Products

No

Parameter

Limit

1

BOD 3

100 mg/L

2

COD

-

3

Total Solids

-

4

Suspended Solids

400 mg/L

5

Oil & Grease

50 mg/L

6

Ammoniacal Nitrogen

150 mg/L*

7

Total Nitrogen

200 mg/L*

8

pH

5.0-9.0

9

Temperature

45 °C

*value of filtered sample


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