environmental law

New pollution-monitoring norms to be finalized in 2-3 months

Date of Release: 
Aug 10 2015

The Union environment ministry has proposed new pollution monitoring standards for industries in at least 22 sectors over the past few months in an attempt to regulate these sectors better.

Some of these standards have been put online for suggestions and comments from various stakeholders.

“These would be finalized and notified within the next two to three months. These proposed standards will immensely strengthen the ministry’s overall regulation of the polluting industries,” said a senior environment ministry official, who did not want to be identified.

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Preliminary Assessment of Singapore's Environmental Law

The Singapore Constitution does not contain any provisions on the environment. Neither does Singapore have a framework law on environmental protection and management. There is no mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) system laid out in legislation. The present scheme of environmental management in Singapore is scattered throughout numerous Acts and Regulations. EIAs are required on an ad hoc basis at the discretion of the ENV. There has not been much judicial pronouncement or comment on environmental matters - in fact, environmental litigation is almost unknown in Singapore.

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