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Haze Bill: Firms that cause haze could be fined up to $100,000 a day

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:34 PM
 
A file picture from June 17, 2013, showing the Marina Bay area shrouded in haze. An ambitious Bill to fight transboundary haze here has proposed fining errant firms up to $2 million, nearly seven times what it originally suggested. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - An ambitious Bill to fight transboundary haze here has proposed fining errant firms up to $2 million, nearly seven times what it originally suggested.

It has also widened its net. It wants to target not only companies or entities that cause haze in Singapore by having fires on their land, but also those with agreements or arrangements with these entities to start fires.

The Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill, introduced in Parliament on Monday, was strengthened in response to public feedback.

Many who commented on the draft Bill earlier this year said that the criminal penalties - previously a fine of up to $300,000 - were too low. They also wanted the duration of the haze to be taken into account, which it now has.

 
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