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Jakarta tightens controls over industrial chimneys to stem air pollution

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 9, 2019   /  04:11 pm
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An official of the Jakarta Environment Agency checks a factory alleged to have failed to meet industrial chimney emission standards and to have contributed to air pollution in the Cakung area of East Jakarta on Aug. 8. (JP/Rainier Nathaniel)

After issuing a policy related to restricting the vehicles allowed on the city's streets, the Jakarta administration is now setting its sights on controlling the pollution emitted by industries as it struggles to tackle the smog choking the capital.  The Jakarta Environment Agency has increased its efforts to reprimand industries found to be polluting the air through their chimneys. The agency found that at least 47 companies conducting various kinds of business in the city, out of a total of 114, with 1,150 industrial chimneys have failed to meet air quality standards in their filtration systems and thus emit pollution into the city’s air, agency head Andono Warih said. “Throughout 2019, we have reprimanded 77 industries that have been proven to be disobeying environmental regulations [including on air pollution]. This is an increase from the previous year,...