NEA asks another Indonesian firm to take measures to mitigate haze conditions

Cars and motorcycles are seen on a bridge as haze shrouds Pekanbaru, in Indonesia's Riau province, on Sept 30, 2015.
Cars and motorcycles are seen on a bridge as haze shrouds Pekanbaru, in Indonesia's Riau province, on Sept 30, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS/ANTARA FOTO

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) has initiated action against another Indonesian company for possible transgressions of the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act.

The NEA sent a Preventive Measures Notice to PT Bumi Mekar Hijau.

This is in addition to earlier notices the agency served to four Indonesian companies last Friday (Sept 25), the agency said in a release on Wednesday evening.

Under the notice, NEA has requested PT Bumi Mekar Hijau to carry out the following:

 

a. Deploy fire-fighting personnel to extinguish or prevent the spread of any fire on land owned or occupied by them;

b. Discontinue, or not commence, any burning activities on such land;

c. Submit to NEA any plan of action to extinguish any fire on such land or to prevent its recurrence.

Last Friday, four Indonesian companies - Rimba Hutani Mas, Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industries, Bumi Sriwijaya Sentosa and Wachyuni Mandira - were told to take measures to extinguish fires on their land, not to start new ones, and submit action plans on how they will prevent future fires.

Under Singapore's Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, those guilty can be fined up to $100,000 a day, capped at $2 million, for causing unhealthy haze.

 

NEA has also served Singapore-listed firm Asia Pulp and Paper a legal notice to supply information on its subsidiaries in Singapore and Indonesia, as well as measures taken by its suppliers in Indonesia to put out fires in their concessions.