NEA asks a 6th company PT Bumi Andalas Permai to take measures to mitigate haze conditions

PT Bumi Andalas Permai has been sent a Preventive Measures Notice for possible transgressions of the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act.. ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

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

The agency has sent a Preventive Measures Notice to PT Bumi Andalas Permai, the sixth such notice it has sent to companies thus far, it said on Monday.

Under the notice, the NEA has requested that the company:

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

The agency added that is reviewing information provided by PT Bumi Sriwijaya Sentosa, one of the other companies that it had sent a notice to.

It has also sent reminders to the other companies to respond.

Meanwhile, the NEA revealed that Singapore-listed firm Asia Pulp and Paper, which was served 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, has done so.

The agency is reviewing the information provided and has sought further information.

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.

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