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Singapore okays haze bill, Polluting companies to be fined

Singapore okays haze bill, Polluting companies to be fined
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Singapore\'s parliament has passed a bill proposing to fine companies that pollute the country\'s air,

Singapore's parliament has passed a bill proposing to fine companies that pollute the country's air, regardless of whether the companies operate on the island.

The bill was drafted after Singapore suffered the worst haze on record last year as smoke from forest clearing in neighbouring Indonesia shrouded the city.
While it would be difficult to enforce clean-air regulations involving overseas companies, lawmakers hope companies will comply to retain access to Southeast Asia's banking and business hub.
Under the bill, companies found guilty of causing haze could be fined up to S$100,000 ($80,347) for each day they pollute, with the maximum aggregate amount being S$2 million.
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