Singapore plans to impose fines on foreign companies for cross-border toxic haze

Beijing, China, February 21 (Reporter Du Ximeng) According to China Voice “Chaoguang News”, Singapore is preparing to introduce a new environmental law to curb the spread of toxic fumes to foreign companies. Acting across Singapore.

The reason why Singapore introduced this law stems from the impact of the Sumatra fire caused by Indonesian plantation company in June last year. Singapore has been covered by haze for a long time, and the air pollutant standard index is also set. A record high, when the Singaporean leaders swore to confront any Singaporean or Singapore-owned company involved in illegal burning. The introduction of this new bill means that Singapore will expand the scope of punishment and include foreign companies. Under the Act, once a foreign company is involved, causing or contributing to cross-border smog pollution will face up to $238,000, which is equivalent to a criminal penalty of 1.45 million yuan.

According to the Ministry of Environment of Singapore, cross-border toxic smoke penalties are directed against Indonesian companies operating large palm oil plantations. Some analysts believe that although Indonesia has passed legislation to ban burning, it is not implemented enough. The corruption is rampant. These large plantation companies will still burn large areas of forest every year to grow palm oil and paper. The Singaporean side hopes that this new legislation will be able to start these companies that are willing to burn. To deterrent effect.

Professor Paul of the University of Edinburgh’s International Law believes that this new cross-border smog legislation will allow Singapore to take civil action against Indonesian companies and freeze their property in Singapore, of course in this criminal case. It will be a very special lawsuit, so it is difficult to deal with cross-border pollution problems in domestic courts. However, Pitt, director of the Indonesian branch of the International Forest Research Center, believes that the Legislative Council of Singapore is very supportive. He also expressed the hope that the governments of other Southeast Asian countries will increase their efforts to control the deforestation of some large plantations.

Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang

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