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Jakarta Post

Government more bark than bite

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 22 2008   /  02:49 pm
STRIPPED BARE: A deforested area stands in stark contrast to forest in Betung Kerihun National Park in West Kalimantan. (JP/P.J. Leo)(JP/P.J. Leo)

STRIPPED BARE: A deforested area stands in stark contrast to forest in Betung Kerihun National Park in West Kalimantan. (JP/P.J. Leo) When State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar unveiled plans to prosecute any companies in Indonesia found to be serious polluters, green activists voiced doubt that the government would be serious about enforcement. In July, the ministry announced its annual ratings of "clean" and "dirty" companies as part of its efforts to force businesses to comply with the standards set by the government. The corporate environmental performance rating, commonly known as "Proper", gave 45 out of 517 companies the worst "black" rating. Of the 45 "black-rated" companies, 13 firms appeared at the bottom the list twice, and the minister vowed to file lawsuits against them. But a...