KLUANG: The ban on open burning within a 30km radius of the KL International Airport in Sepang will be fully enforced in December, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Datuk Zainal Dahlan said.
He said the ban, to be gazetted soon, would be enforced under the Environmental Quality Act 1974, which carries a fine of up to RM500,000 and/or five years' jail, if convicted.
“All forms of open burning in the area is prohibited and can be compounded RM2,000,” he told a media conference after launching the Malaysian Environment Week 2003 at Gunung Lambak Recreation Area here.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman launched the national level celebrations.
Zainal said the ban was imposed to prevent flights landing and taking off from KLIA from being disrupted by thick smoke.
He said that open burning in the area was banned as the area had peat soil which could result in underground burning that was difficult to control.
However, burnings related to religious rites such as cremation would be allowed, he said.
Zainal said the Government planned to impose a condition that Environmental Impact Assessment reports be prepared for all development and logging projects and industries involving less than 500ha. – Bernama
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