Developer fined RM50,000 for flouting EIA rules

GEORGE TOWN (Sept 13): A developer was fined RM50,000 after he pleaded guilty for failing to comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval requirements.

Penang Department of Environment (DOE) Director Sharifah Zakiah Syed Sahab said the fine was imposed by Butterworth Sessions Court Judge Noor Aini Yusoff after the project developer pleaded guilty to non-compliance with the conditions of the EIA approval.

She said the developer was found to have committed an offence under 34A(7) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 (Amendment) 2012 and was sentenced under Section 34A(8) of the same Act.

She said projects which had obtained EIA approval must always comply with each condition stipulated and any non-compliance will be dealt with accordingly.

She also reminded developers to take measures to reduce the rate of erosion and siltation with the coming of the monsoon season and the Penang DOE will continue to monitor development projects that are subject to EIA requirements.

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