Enterprises raise their voices

Director of Trung Hai - Hai Duong Cement JSC. Le Van Duc said the enterprise's treated waste had met permitted standards, so the province should verify to remove it from the list of establishments seriously polluting the environments

The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment. The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on the morning of 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment under the chairmanship of Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Member of the provincial Party's Committee's Standing Board, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee. Many polluting enterprises The results of an inspection of 41 facilities reported by the people showed that environmental problems exist at most of the facilities, according to Mr. Vu Dinh Hien, Director of the Environmental Protection Sub-department. This year, the Inspectorate of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has also checked 34 establishments in the list of environmental polluters. Accordingly, most of the establishments committed environmental violations. Regarding each violation act, 33 among 34 … [Read more...]

Tightening management of industrial zones


(VEN) - When development is not based on actual needs and not focused on the construction of basic infrastructure, some industrial zones (IZs) in Hai Duong Province have inefficiently operated. Management improvements are being made to help IZs operate more efficiently and prevent land going to waste in the province. At a conference of the Industry and Trade sector, Hai Duong Department of Industry and Trade director Vu Doan Quang said that Hai Duong had 40 IZs approved planning till the end of last year. However, in the process of development to match actual needs, five IZs were converted purpose and function. Therefore, the province currently has 35 IZs covering on a total planning area of nearly 1,544 hectares. Of which, 28 IZs have put into operation, attracting 285 investment projects with total registered capital of over VND6.63 trillion. In addition, the IZs system has brought socioeconomic benefits to Hai Duong, industrial production value generated from businesses in IZs in … [Read more...]

Bleak year-end furniture market


Year-end is always a time when many people go shopping and decorate their houses. However, by this time, a lot of furniture stores in Hai Duong are very poorly patronized. In many furniture stores, there were very few customers each day, who came to view goods then left without buying anything High prices Currently, it is difficult to sell furniture not only in rural areas but also in the city because most urban families, organizations, and units have already bought adequate furniture. Besides, the stagnating real estate in recent years has led to a sharp decline in new house construction and furniture purchase. Regular curbs on spending at agencies, units have limited shopping. Product prices are higher than in previous years. As a result, the consumer demand has diminished. Nguyen Duc Tuan in Hoang Loc street, Le Thanh Nghi ward (Hai Duong city) said, "One week ago, I went to buy lavabos to replace the old ones in the bathrooms, but they were so expensive that I did not buy … [Read more...]

Embezzlers jailed for 103 years

Eight people were sentenced to a total of 103 years in prison in southern Vinh Long Province's court yesterday for embezzlement involving the making and repair of cultural and historical relics.— Photo danviet

Embezzlers jailed for 103 years Among the offenders were Nguyen To Tranh, former director of Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, his two subordinates, Bui Huu Tri and Tran Le Dong, and his son-in-law Phan Dang Khoi. The other five were private enterprise executives who paid bribes to officials to become departmental contractors. The longest custodial sentence of 30 years was handed down to Bui Huu Tri for embezzling VND239 million (US$11,000) from the State budget and taking more than VND2 billion ($96,000) of bribes from local enterprises. Phan Dang Khoi was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment for three offences, including embezzlement, bribery, and making corrupt use of his position. Nguyen To Tranh was given three years in prison for his irresponsility while the private enterprises executives were sentenced to from five to 17 years. Singapore ship to compensate Vietnamese boat collision victims The Singapore Cargo ship, the Sima Sapphire, will compensate each of the … [Read more...]

Steel producers call for waste treatment solutions

Steel dust lies outdoors at Dong Tien Steel Company

Ten steel producers in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have called for help from local authorities to treat the rising amount of hazardous waste from their production. Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province is considered the centre for steel producers with total capacity reach 4 million tonnes of steel per year but many of steel factories are facing troubles with hazardous waste treatment. The South Korean firm, Posco SS-Vina, is predicted to discharge 70,000 tonnes of waste per year and has yet able to find a solution for their problem. Authorities of Ba Ria-Vung Tau was asked to help them find a company that could deal with those waste so Posco SS-Vina can start their operation in October, 2014. In the meantime, heads of Fuco Steel Corporation said Vietnam Mineral Exploitation, Processing, Import-Export JSC is responsible for dealing with their steel dust. However, the company's storage is almost full of steel dust yet no one has come to deal with it. If their operation is continued, they will … [Read more...]

Metallurgic waste treatment plant halted

During the trial operation of the plant, the company did not send any written notice to the local authorities. Bui Xuan Loc, Head of Kinh Mon district Division of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), on 5 September said, "Vietnam Mineral Exploitation, Processing, Export, and Import Co., Ltd. has suspended trial operation of its metallurgic waste treatment plant in Phu Thu district town to complete environmental protection works according to functional agencies' requirements." Earlier, many households in Phu Thu district town last August requested functional agencies to handle the metallurgic waste treatment plant for discharging waste gas and water to the environment, destroying some rice areas, killing fish, and affecting people's health. Through inspection, the NRE Department determined that Vietnam Mineral Exploitation, Processing, Export, and Import Co., Ltd. had not invested in completing the storehouse and ground system for metallurgic waste gathering, so the waste flowed … [Read more...]

Waste recycling plant in Hai Duong that pollutes area urged to close

Substandard waste storage and treatment causing serious environmental pollution

Local people in a town in Hai Duong Province are calling on environmental authorities to stop operation of a hazardous waste-recycling plant because it causes serious pollution. On August 30, many residents in Phu Thu Town in Kinh Mon District, once again gathered to protest against the environmental pollution caused by a metallurgy waste-recycling plant that has affected their lives and damaged their agricultural production. They proposed that central and provincial authorities quickly conduct an investigation into the licensing and operation of the plant, as well as the origin of tens of thousands of tonnes of metallurgical waste that's piled up at Phu Thai port and around the plant in the town, instead of being properly stored. A journalist's investigation has found that the plant, located in Phu Thu industrial park in Kinh Mon District's Phu Thu Town, belongs to Vietnam Mineral Exploitation, Processing and Import-export Company. The company's subsidiary in Hai Duong was … [Read more...]

3 enterprises excluded from serious environmental polluter list

The enterprises' pollution treatment and certification to get out of the list of serious environmental polluters met the required progress. To date, Mach Hoach Fresh Chickens Private Enterprise (Kim Thanh), Tran An Garments Co., Ltd., and Huong Nguyen Production and Services Enterprise (both in Hai Duong city) have been certified by the Prime Minister to be excluded from a list of serious environmental polluters pursuant to the Prime Minister's Decision 1788/QD-TTg dated October 1, 2013, according to the Environmental Protection Sub-department. The above enterprises' pollution treatment and certification to get out of the list of serious environmental polluters met the required progress that they must be complete before December 31, 2015. To get out of the list of serious environmental polluters, the above enterprises took thorough treatment measures. Specifically, Mach Hoach Fresh Chickens Private Enterprise handled the sources of wastewater and solid waste, while Tran An Garments … [Read more...]

Curdled oil found at Vung Tau beaches in southern Vietnam, again


Beaches in Vung Tau, the seaside city of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, are covered with tons of clots of curdled oil that appears as an annual phenomenon whose cause has yet to be identified. The oil clots began to drift to the seashore of the province, from Vung Tau to Xuyen Moc District, on Monday morning, local authorities reported. Efforts to collect the curdled oil to protect the sea environment and minimize negative impacts on tourism have since been carried out by competent agencies. By Monday afternoon staffers of tourist areas and beaches in Vung Tau, and the Vung Tau City Urban Environmental Service Joint Stock Company, had collected dozens of tons of curdled oil by using shovels, rakes, and bags. According to a survey of the provincial Environmental Protection Sub-Department, most of the curdled oil has been found at Bai Sau Beach in Vung Tau and Nuoc Ngot Pass in Dat Do District of the province. This image shows bags containing clots of curdled oil … [Read more...]

Activities in response to World Environment Day June 5

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment asked agencies, units, and localities to have practical activities in response to the World Environment Day. The World Environment Day this year is themed "Raise your voice, not the sea level", emphasizing the role of environmental protection and climate change adaptation for such vulnerable areas as islands and coastal areas. The Hai Duong provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment has assigned the Environmental Protection Sub-department to coordinate with a provincial socio-political organization to plan the organization of a scientific seminar themed "Climate change and sea level rising". … [Read more...]

Lai Vu commune treats breeding waste with AT-YTB product

The use of the product has helped reduce stench, fly and mosquito density in breeding facilities and accelerate the decomposition of waste. The Environmental Protection Sub-department on 15 November held a conference to assess the results of using AT-YTB microbiological product to treat breeding facilities and waste in Lai Vu commune (Kim Thanh, Hai Duong). AT-YTB microbiological product is mixed with water to be sprayed into breeding facilities. The method has been implemented at three households, bringing about some initial results. The use of AT-YTB microbiological product has helped reduce stench, fly and mosquito density in breeding facilities and accelerate the decomposition of waste without adversely affecting animals' health, according to the households and a number of agricultural officials. However, the initial cost for applying the method remains high (each household with around 200m2 of breeding facilities has to invest VND3.8 million in buying the product for use in … [Read more...]

Thi Vai River cleaned up

Da Ban According to Bui Ke Nhan, deputy head of the provincial Environmental Protection Sub-department, the two rivers used to be heavily polluted as most of the wastewater volume discharged directly from industrial parks into the rivers without being treated. However, many industrial parks have recently invested in concentrated wastewater treatment systems, and thus the water quality has improved. For instance, Dong Xuyen Industrial Park where there are 66 enterprises operating in the fields of mechanical engineering, rig manufacturing and seafood processing has built a concentrated wastewater treatment facility having a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters per day. In addition, the first phase of the wastewater treatment plant at Phu My 1 Industrial Park has been operational with a capacity of 2,500 cubic meters per day and is treating wastewater for 36 enterprises operating there. The plant's second phase is being implemented with 1,500 cubic meters per day. Phu My 1 Industrial … [Read more...]

80% of diseases caused by water source pollution


A canal in Ho Chi Minh City. The city Preventive Heath Center warns that 80% of diseases in the city are caused by the polluted water environment As much as 80 percent of diseases in Ho Chi Minh City are caused by the polluted water environment, the Ho Chi Minh City Preventive Health Center has warned. Hoang Thi Ngoc Ngan, head of the center's Public Health Division, released the warning at a seminar on the health of women and children and water contamination issues jointly held yesterday by the HCMC Environmental Protection Sub-department and the city Fatherland Front Committee. There are numerous diseases caused by contact with contaminated water from rivers and canals, such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, paralysis, dermatological diseases, eye problems, tuberculosis, and microorganism-caused poisoning, among others, Ngan said. Contaminated rivers and canals are environments that facilitate the reproduction and proliferation of many viruses and contain chemicals that are … [Read more...]

Binh Duong installs wastewater spy cameras

Binh Duong has spent over VND60 billion acquiring surveillance cameras to install at 26 industrial parks and 26 large-scale industrial manufacturing companies in the province to monitor wastewater treatment activities. Vo Thi Ngoc Hanh, deputy director of the Binh Duong Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the province had installed 21 cameras and wastewater sample collection systems. The other 31 spy cameras will be installed by early 2013, Hanh told the Daily at a ceremony to honor 47 enterprises for their environmental protection work. If the observatory systems find discharged wastewater exceeding the permitted level, the environment department will ask the provincial government to impose sanctions, she said. There are currently around 5,000 industrial manufacturing firms in Binh Duong, most of which are located at the 26 industrial parks across the province, producing some 125,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day. Environment is now a pressing issue in Binh … [Read more...]

HCMC fosters green products


(VEN) - After three years of developing a Green Consumption Campaign through various ways, such as raising public awareness, providing assistance and boosting advertising, many businesses in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) have begun selling green products and renewing their production to become more environmentally friendly. In response to the campaign, many major businesses in Ho Chi Minh City have angled their production and trading towards more environmentally friendly measures through green products and community support. Among these are big-name companies like Unilever Vietnam, Vinamilk, Sapuwa, Colusa Miliket, Vafapack, Asia and Dien Quang. … [Read more...]

Tien River heavily contaminated, agency warns


The Tien River, which runs through several provinces in the Mekong Delta, has been severely contaminated, with some pollutants exceeding the limits by up to 1,000 times, seriously affecting the life and health of local people, authorities reported. The tests of surface water samples recently taken from the river showed that the suspended solids (SS), iron, ammonium (from animal waste and sewer water), chemical oxygen demand (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) have exceeded the allowable limits by the country's standards, the departments of natural resources and environment in Vinh Long and Tien Giang provinces reported. Last year another test of samples taken from 42 locations on the river in Dong Thap province also showed the samples failed to meet all major safety targets, the authorities said. The content of grease and oil in the river water was 1.5-75 higher than the permissible limits while the content of Coliform, a bacterium that … [Read more...]

HCM City water polluted by building waste sludge


VietNamNet Bridge - Improper disposal of excessive amounts of mud waste from infrastructure and canal-dredging projects have caused severe pollution problems in HCM City, authorities have said. Tran Thi Cam Van, an official with the municipal Water Drainage Company (WDC), said the city lacked mud-waste treatment plants and that existing sites that collect the material were overburdened. … [Read more...]

Firms avoid environmental protection fees in HCM City

Many enterprises in HCM City have become debtors of the Municipal Environmental Protection Sub-department, not paying charges fixed by the city, a report says. According to the sub-department, as of this month, more than 30 enterprises had not paid environment protection charges of about 3 billion VND (154,000 USD) for wastewater treatment alone. Tran Ngoc Dinh, an official of the sub-department, said environmental protection charges had been collected since 2004 under Prime Minister's Decree 67. However many enterprises in the city were still trying to avoid their obligations, he said. … [Read more...]

More measures necessary to minimise pollution in HCMC

A proposal to minimise air pollution was given by Chief of the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Protection sub-Department Associate Professor, Doctor Nguyen Dinh Tuan at the conference "To revise the programme on air pollution minimization", in HCMC on October 12. There is universal consensus that the observation of the air quality, which has been carried out in the city since 1995, has turned out to be insufficient. The concentrations of organic pollutants have been on the rise mainly because the control and punishment of environmental breaches has not been strict enough and the number of vehicles has rapidly increased, according to Tuan. Tuan's plan is to reduce tiny particles in the air, control the pollution caused by vehicles, amend the emission standards and set specific responsibilities for executive bodies. He also proposed a more comprehensive set of Vietnam environmental standards be rolled out focusing on the control over the emission of benzen, toluen, xylem and … [Read more...]

Commitment to buy 2,000 tons of VietGAP litchis from Thanh Ha farmers


Thanh Ha district authorities and Ha Noi Trade Corporation (Hapro Ha Noi) on May 19 discussed thieu litchi sale solutions. Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Anh Cuong introduces Thanh Ha's litchis to leaders of Ha Noi Trade Corporation Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Vice Chairman of the Hai Duong Provincial People's Committee, attended the conference. Hapro Ha Noi committed itself to buy around 2,000 tons of Thanh Ha district's thieu litchis having been granted VietGAP certificates in this year's litchi crop. The unit will form 100 wholesale and retail points for thieu litchis in all distribution systems of Hapro in Ha Noi and other provinces and cities. In the immediate future, Hapro Ha Noi will assign Hapro Distribution JSC. (its subordinate unit) to be the direct focal point to sign litchi purchase contracts with Thanh Ha farmers. Hapro Ha Noi will send a delegation regularly present in Thanh Ha to control the quantity and quality of litchis provided for the … [Read more...]