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Six companies to be suspended for river pollution

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Nov. 19 told the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial People’s Committee to suspend operations of six companies polluting the Thi Vai river.

Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy director of the General Environment Department, said an inspection at the industrial parks where the companies are located revealed that that large quantities of untreated waste were being dumped into the river.

The six companies are Liem Chinh Company, Dong Nam Seafood One-Member Co. Ltd, My Xuan Paper Maker, Vung Tau Paper and Plastic Packaging Company, Hai Viet Refinery and Packaging Factory and Tien Dat Seafood Processing Company.

On the same day, the inspection team also gave the Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee a list of 50 enterprises located in the province polluting the Thi Vai River , said Luong Duy Hanh, head of the team.

The companies have been charged with dumping more effluents than permitted, failing to treat waste water appropriately, and not paying environment fees.

Ao Van Thinh, deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said most polluters were textile and dye companies.

Companies who pollute had to pay compensation to affected residents, he added.

A recent ministry report said that rapid industrialization over the past decade had caused serious pollution of a 10km section of the river.

Several companies have discharged waste water into the Ba Bo Canal, where the water remains black, according to Tran Thi Kim Van, deputy chairwoman of Binh Duong Provincial People’s Committee.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment said other companies in the province were still discharging effluents into the canal.

The department said two enterprises in Song Than I Industrial Park and 32 enterprises in the Song Than II Industrial Park were not connected to waste water treatment systems in industrial parks.-

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