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Minister proposes strict punishments on polluters of Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen has called for urgent action and severe penalties on plants that are polluting the waters of the Dong Nai River.

Many factories along the Dong Nai River pour liquid waste into the water, causing heavy pollution to the river

He made the statement at yesterday’s meeting with 12 riparian provinces to seek drastic measures to save the river, which is the main water resource for 12 riparian provinces within that area.
The minister said polluting plants should be penalized by law, suspended, closed or even asked to relocate.
Provincial and municipal administrators have to monitor tightly the use of fertilizers and insecticides, he said, adding that eco-friendly and hi-tech agricultural models need to be encouraged.
Mr. Nguyen emphasized that the river is a vital part of the region and that all effort should be made to preserve this important source of water supply to the provinces.
All socio-economic activities of the provinces depended on the river, he added.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, asked the city’s relevant agencies to coordinate closely with other 11 provinces to keep watch on the discharge of waste into the river to prevent pollution.
He said if the river is not protected, it will have bad impacts on production and living conditions.
Hoang Duong Tung, director of the Center for Environmental Monitoring, said an average of 4.7 million cubic meters of wastewater is being discharged daily into the river, and 1.9 million cubic meters of that happens to be industrial wastewater.
Most of the wastewater is not treated before it flows into the river, he added.
Mr. Tung said about one-third of industrial parks and export processing zones has wastewater treatment systems, and only 14 percent of 300 enterprises in Binh Duong Province have been cleared of following environmental protection norms.
The concentration of pollutants in the river has by now exceeded permitted levels within the last five years, he said.
In the Saigon river the pollution level is so high that the water can’t be treated for household consumption, he added.

Source: SGGP

Doctoral training at universities placed under strict scrutiny

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

Strict punishment urged for pedestrian traffic violations.

In Politics-Society on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Strict punishment urged for pedestrian traffic violations.

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Transport has recommended to the Prime Minister that fines for pedestrians violating traffic laws in Hanoi and HCM City should be raised as a measure to reduce traffic jams and accidents.

The proposal is part of the draft decree on road traffic fines, which proposes fines at about 50 percent higher than currently regulated in Decree 146/2007/ND-CP.

For example, pedestrians who ignore traffic lights, road signs and police direction would have to pay fines of 60,000-80,000 VND (3-4 USD). Those not using pedestrian crossings would be fined 80,000-100,000 VND (4-6 USD).

“Pedestrians still have a poor awareness of traffic rules. In many cases, pedestrians have caused fatal accidents,” said Than Van Thanh, chief of the Secretariat of the National Committee of Road Safety’s Office.

“Normally, police punish pedestrians only when they are responsible for causing accident,” said Nguyen Van Me, head of Traffic Police Team No6 under the Hanoi Traffic Police Division. He said that his team had not punished any pedestrian last year.

Many pedestrians argued that they had to walk on roads because the pavements were occupied by parked vehicles or business; and they did not across the stress at pedestrian crossings or footbridges because there were too few of them and not ideally placed.

Huyen Trang, a 20 year-old Hanoi University student, said that she usually saw people climb over barriers to cross from Nga Tu So Market to the other side instead of using the footbridge.

“I’m sometimes startled by people suddenly running out in front of Nga Tu So overpass. It’s too dangerous,” said Trang.

According to HCM City’ Road Safety Committee, last year, 59 traffic accidents, accounting for 5.25 percent of the total number of cases in the city, were caused by pedestrians, killing 42 people and injuring 17.

Under the draft, fines or motorbikes, cars, coaches violating traffic law also set to increase.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Dong Nai province strict with polluting IZs

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Dong Nai (VNA) The managing board of industrial zones (IZs) in southern Dong Nai province has announced that IZs lacking waste water treatment systems would not be licensed for operation from January 1, 2009.

According to the vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Ao Van Thinh, local authorities will assist IZ developers in building concentrated waste water treatment systems and dealing with obstacles in ground clearance, capital and other issues.

He also asserted that from early 2009 the province will suspend operation of any IZ developer that has not invested in a waste water treatment system.

The province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment is taking samples from local IZs and will announce pollution levels in the mass media.

According to the department, there are now 21 operational IZs in Dong Nai, discharging about 68,000 cu.m of waste water every day.

However, only nine among them have built concentrated waste water treatment systems to treat 21,000 cu.m.

Thus more than two thirds of every day’s waste water volume from the local IZs are poured directly into the environment.-