31 Dec '15, 3am

via @ecobusinesscom

More than 50 plantation companies are being punished or investigated by the Indonesian for fires linked to the choking haze that polluted skies across Southeast Asia this fall. A week ago Monday, Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya announced that 23 companies — mostly plantation firms that produce wood fiber for the pulp and paper industry — have been punished to date. Three companies lost their operating licenses, forcing them to shut down, while 16 had their licenses suspended and four are on probation. Another 33 companies are being investigated. The Indonesian government only released the initials of the companies, but The Straits Times noted three Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) suppliers — Mega Alam Sentosa, Bumi Mekar Hijau (BMH) and Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industry (SWI) — as being on the list. BMH and SWI operate in South Sumatra, where the worst of the burning occurred. AP...

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