Govt mulling tougher penalties for firms that harm environment [News]

August 23, 2013 by  
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By Channel NewsAsia, 22 Aug 2013.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has said the government needs to send a clear and unequivocal signal to irresponsible companies whose actions damage the environment and cause transboundary effects.

Singapore experienced its worst haze in June, with PSI levels reaching a record high of 401.

The haze was caused by forest fires in Indonesia.

Dr Balakrishnan said Singapore is currently considering drafting legislation to enhance penalties for irresponsible companies.

However, he noted that such legislation will not be easy to draft, and even harder to enforce.

He said it is still necessary to send a signal to companies that such behaviour is not acceptable — and that besides the government, companies and individuals also have a part to play.

Dr Balakrishnan said: “If we are to make companies behave responsibly, and to make the more responsible companies more profitable, we require individuals to exercise informed choice.”

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

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