RM500,000 fine for EIA flouters

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Amendments will be made to the Environment Quality Act 1974 which will impose stiffer penalties against those who contravene the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said the Department of Environment (DOE) had proposed that penalty for those who commit offences under Section 2 of the Act to be increased from RM100,000 to RM500,000.
“A new section 34A(a) will enable the EIA director-general to have the power to stop a project which infringes EIA regulations.
“The increase in penalties is appropriate because those who disobey the regulations are mostly those who commit serious environmental infringements,” he told reporters after launching the National Environment Week here yesterday 
He said the amendments would include the need for EIA consultants to register with the DOE.
“We want to ensure only qualified individuals are registered and certified as EIA reports in the past have been substandard and prepared by non-credible consultants,” he added.
Uggah said the proposed amendments would be sent to the Cabinet next week for approval and would be tabled in Parliament in March, 2012.

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