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Govt looks into stripping licenses of Lake Toba-polluting companies

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Sun, August 11, 2019   /  07:10 pm
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Lake Toba in North Sumatra is a popular domestic and international tourist destination, and is touted among the "new Balis" of the national tourism campaign.(Courtesy of Indonesia.travel/.)

The North Sumatra provincial administration is working to revoke the business licenses of two companies that run floating fisheries on Lake Toba for polluting the waters in the resort area. “The business licenses of the two companies are from the central government, so it is the central government that has the authority to revoke the licenses,” North Sumatra Environment Management head Rismawati Simanjuntak told The Jakarta Post on Sunday, referring to PT Aquafarm Nusantara and PT Suritani Pemuka (Japfa). Rismawati added that Aquafarm operated 322 floating fish cages while Japfa operated 184 cages. Meanwhile, North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said he was coordinating with the central government to revoke the business licenses of the two companies. “I have spoken with the President and sent a letter to the [environment] minister to stop...