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Roxol Bioenergy’s plant operations get CDO notice

MANILA, Philippines — The local government unit of Negros Occidental has suspended the operations of Roxol Bioenergy Corp., a subsidiary of listed sugar company Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI), due to environmental violations.

In a regulatory filing, the company said its bioenergy unit received the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the Office of the Mayor of La Carlota City.

“The Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution to suspend the validity of the business permit granted to the company to operate an ethanol plant and to cease and desist from operating the same,” La Carlota City Mayor Luis Jalandoni III said.

“This is effective until the company has implemented the necessary measures to effectively eradicate the extremely foul and highly obnoxious odor emanating from the ethanol plant wastewater treatment pond, which can seriously compromise the health as well as the general welfare and convenience of the residents of La Carlota City,” he added.

The local government unit of La Carlota said the suspension may be lifted at any time after Roxol Bioenergy has taken measures to mitigate the foul odor.

This should also be in compliance with its permanent comprehensive pollution control program and plan of actions submitted to the LGU and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Just last April, Roxol Bioenergy was involved in a recent fish kill in Pontevedra in Negros Occidental. It was also issued a CDO by the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) for violation of the Clean Water Act.

RHI is the largest integrated sugar business in the Philippines which manages 100 percent of Central Azucarera Don Pedro, Inc. in Batangas, and Central Azucarera de la Carlota, Inc., RCB and and majority of SCBI.

The company’s ethanol businesses Roxol Bioenergy and San Carlos Bioenergy Corp. Inc. are the country’s biggest ethanol producers with a combined capacity of 285,000 liters per day.

RHI posted a 133 percent increase in its net income from October 2016 to June this year to P175 million due to improved production.

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