Sin­ga­pore raises haze tax

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

TO CURB trans-bound­ary haze, the gov­ern­ment of Sin­ga­pore has made more strin­gent its am­bi­tious leg­is­la­tion that aims to take le­gal ac­tion against both lo­cal and for­eign com­pa­nies caus­ing air pol­lu­tion. The toxic haze is caused as for­est fires rage across In­done­sia. It drifts into Sin­ga­pore and other South-- East Asian coun­tries. Last year, pol­lu­tion lev­els in Sin­ga­pore reached a record high be­cause of trans-bound­ary haze. The Trans Bound­ary Haze Pol­lu­tion Bill, in­tro­duced in Par­lia­ment af­ter a month-long public con­sul­ta­tion, slaps a fine of up to US $2 mil­lion on erring firms. This is seven times the amount the Bill had ini­tially pro­posed.


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