TAY NINH (VNS)- The People's Committee in southern Tay Ninh Province has fined Hai Duong Co Ltd VND227.5 million (US$10,700) for illegally discharging untreated waste water into Vam Co Dong River. The company specialises in making paper and packing material. A police investigation found that the pollution in the river was 4.21 times higher than permitted. The committee ordered the company to stop discharging untreated waste water into the environment until it implements a treatment system.- VNS … [Read more...] about Firm fined for dumping waste water
Dumping waste water
IZ businesses dump waste water (08-11-2008) HA NOI — Many businesses in Tan Phu Trung Industrial Zone in Cu Chi District, 40km northwest of HCM City, have been caught dumping untreated waste water into the Thay Cai canal, according to the municipal People's Council. Only 28 out of the 48 businesses operating in the zone have waste treatment facilities, but even treated waste water does not yet meet the environmental protection standards, said Le Van Thanh, director of the Sai Gon Tay Bac company, which owns the industrial zone. Meanwhile, waste treatment facilities were not running regularly at some businesses, he said. The majority of businesses produce rubber, paper, chemicals or dye. "Thousands of local people who live near the Thay Cai canal have been endangered for many years by the pollution. They often have to suffer through the nasty smells which come from the canal, particularly during the hot weather," said Huynh Van Ni, chairman of Tan Phu Trung commune. The polluted … [Read more...] about IZ businesses dump waste water
Police said the sample was taken for tests at the request of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The 'Vedan story' attracted public attention last year after inspectors revealed the Dong Nai-based company had been releasing toxic, untreated wastewater directly into the river for more than 14 years. Farmers from Dong Nai, Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, where the 80km river runs through, blamed local authorities for allowing the pollution without forcing the firm to pay compensation to them. Research by Ho Chi Minh City-based National University scientists shows that Vedan dumped 3,500-4,500 cubic meters of waste into the Thi Vai River in southern Dong Nai Province each day, contributing 90 percent of the river's pollution. According to the group, since Vedan opened its plant in 1993, pollution levels of the river increased year by year. Although other industrial firms located along the river were also blamed for pollution, their contributions … [Read more...] about MSG maker inspected for dumping waste; again
Following its environment monitoring program, the delegation of inspectors of the provincial People's Council led by Mr Huynh Chi Thang - Vice chairman of the provincial People's Council met with the leadership of Bien Hoa city and talked about the environmental protection within the city on the morning of March 18. During its working visit, the delegation made a field trip to four places: the garbage treatment plant, Dong Xanh environmental joint-stock company (in Trang Dai ward), Hoa An market (in Hoa An commune), IDICO residential area (in Hoa An commune) and Bien Hoa market. The rate of progress of building the waste water treatment system in Bien Hoa new market was inspected At the present, three industrial parks within Dong Nai province - Bien Hoa 2, Amata and Loteco industrial parks - have built and put their centralized systems of waste water treatment into operation. Long Binh Agtex industrial park alone built a centralized system of waste water treatment in the fourth … [Read more...] about A centralized system of drainage and waste water treatment needs building in Bien Hoa city soon.
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has said it is considering dumping radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean as it is running out of space to store the radioactive waste. Tokyo Electric Power Co., also known as TEPCO, said Thursday that the plant was likely to reach its maximum storage capacity of 155,000 tons by around March next year due to massive inflows of groundwater and as such was mulling the idea of once again releasing radioactive water into the sea. "We would like to increase the number of tanks to accommodate the water but it will be difficult to do so indefinitely," Junichi Matsumoto, a spokesperson for TEPCO, told a news conference. Matsumoto explained that between 200 and 500 tons of groundwater flows into the reactor turbine buildings on a daily basis and the volume of water being processed is more than that required to be injected into the reactors. "We cannot keep on increasing the number of tanks in the next year or … [Read more...] about TEPCO considers dumping radioactive water into Pacific