An SGX listed printing company, Tat Seng Packaging was fined $12,000 for discharging toxic industrial into the public sewage system, said the PUB.
This same company was previously caught and penalised for similar offences on four occasions between 2012 and 2015.
Under Section 17 of the Environmental Protection and Management Act, discharge of toxic or hazardous substances into any inland water attracts a fine not exceeding $50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months. Repeat offences attracts a fine of not more than $100,000 and imprisonment of a term of not less than one month but no more than 12 months.
(Tat Seng is a stock market darling whose profit and performance had risen strongly over the last few years)
The PUB had detected an abnormality in the used water at Kranji Water Reclamation Plant and further investigations reveal Tat Seng had discharged “black and turbid” industrial water into the public sewer.
This water contained contained copper that was up to three times more than the allowable limit.
Tat Seng pleaded guilty to three charges for the illegal discharge of industrial used water. Only one charge was taken into consideration during sentencing.
At the same time, seventeen other unrelated companies were also fined a total of $100,500 for similar offences from November 2017 to February 2018.