River polluters pay the price
By Van Nam – The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) has imposed fines of nearly VND4 billion (US$179,864) on two firms and a pig farm for discharging untreated wastewater into the Buoi River killing large numbers of fish earlier this month.
According to the agency under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Hoa Binh Sugarcane and Sugar Joint Stock Company (JSC) in the northern province of Hoa Binh was fined nearly VND1.8 billion (US$80,694) and forced to suspend operation for six months.
Meanwhile, the agency imposed a fine of about VND1.9 billion (US$85,177) and a 12-month operation suspension on Tan Hieu Hung Co Ltd, and nearly VND195 million (US$8,742) and a pollutant discharge halt for three months on Nguyen Ngoc Sang pig farm.
The suspension orders for the three polluters will take effect on May 20.
Hoa Binh Sugarcane and Sugar JSC in Lac Son District dumped untreated water into the Buoi River, killing a lot of fish raised by farmers in the river in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa. After the incident, the company compensated VND1.4 billion (US$62,762) for affected people.
Tan Hieu Hung Co Ltd in Tan My Commune violated regulations on environmental monitoring and waste discharges. Meanwhile, Nguyen Ngoc Sang pig farm breached regulations on environment and construction.
Earlier, as the Buoi River was polluted, Thach Thanh water treatment plant was forced to take reserved water for processing while other water resources were used for irrigation.
The government of Thanh Hoa Province showed a strong determination to handle the serious water pollution as it affected tens of thousands of households in Thach Thanh and Vinh Loc districts and other areas on the Buoi River downstream.
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