12 Apr '18, 11am

Coal company fined 2 billion rupiah for illegal waste dumping in Borneo

Coal company fined 2 billion rupiah for illegal waste dumping in Borneo

Residents of villages along the Santan River in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, have long complained they are suffering from pollution due to coal mining and burning in the area. In December, coal company PT Indominco Mandiri was fined 2 billion rupiah ($145,000) after it was found guilty of illegally dumping hazardous waste from its power plant. Activists say the verdict did not go far enough, calling for prison sentences for company officials and a revocation of the company’s license to operate. Company representatives say they respect the court’s verdict, and note they have only been found guilty of illegal dumping, not polluting the waterway. Residents of villages in Indonesian Borneo who have long complained that a coal company is polluting local waterways have won their first victory in court, but activists say the sanctions against the company don’t go far enoug...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/04/coal-company-fined-2-bi...

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