Singapore Starts Legal Action Against Firms For Causing Air Pollution
Singapore has started its legal action against five companies, which it believes are responsible for causing fires in Indonesia, causing severe air pollution in the city-state.
Bumi Sriwijaya Sentosa, Rimba Hutani Mas, Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industries and Wachyuni Mandira – four Indonesian companies- have been asked to take proper measures in order to extinguish fires on their land, not to start new ones and submit plans on how they will prevent them in the future.
In addition, according to reports, the air pollution levels could continue into November. The National Environment Agency (NEA) is in the process of collecting evidence and has served Singapore-listed firm Asia Pulp and Paper a legal notice to supply information on its subsidiaries in Singapore and Indonesia.
Under Singapore’s Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, guilty companies can be fined up to S$100,000 per day for causing unhealthy haze.