Polluting tobacco plant forced to halt operations

Nha Trang’s municipal government has requested that Khatoco’s tobacco plant halt operations until a solution is found for the environmental damage caused by the plant.

Residents protesting against environmental pollution caused by Khatoco's tobacco factory

Residents protesting against environmental pollution caused by Khatoco's tobacco factory

The request came after several complaints by local residents in Dak Loc 1 and Dak Loc 2 hamlets of Vinh Phuong Commune concerning pollution coming from the factory.

On July 16, hundreds of people from the hamlets gathered in front of the plant to call for a solution to the environmental problems in the neighbouring communities, which they say has adversely affected the health of those who live there.

In addition, authorities in Nha Trang requested that the provincial government help find a solution.

The provincial government held a meeting with residents in Dak Loc on July 19 to discuss how best to deal with the problem.

The results of the meeting have not yet been made public.

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