TACKLING TRANSBOUNDARY POLLUTION
Anti-haze Bill 'to be tabled later this year', says Vivian Balakrishnan
It will go through a second round of consultation, says Balakrishnan
Published on May 6, 2014 8:26 AM
A Bill that penalises those responsible for causing transboundary haze will be tabled in Parliament by the second half of this year, Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.
A draft of the proposed Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill was published in February for public consultation, and Dr Balakrishnan told The Straits Times in an interview yesterday that he wanted another round of consultations with those who had made suggestions.
"There's been some very good feedback. There are some changes I want to consider and another round of discussion with the people who have proposed changes."
Dr Balakrishnan made the comments after he spoke at the two- day Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, where he told some 2,000 participants, including several environment ministers, the root of problems like the haze was "misaligned commercial interests".
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