The Environment Police Department said Thursday it will continue to investigate a company caught dumping untreated toxic waste in the southern province of Dong Nai.
The Sonadezi Service Joint Stock Company may have dumped 5,316 tons of waste in Quang Trung Commune, Thong Nhat District, the department said.
Last month, the company, a subsidiary of the state-owned Sonadezi Corporation, was caught discharging millions of cubic meters of untreated effluents into a canal that flowed into the Dong Nai river in Tam An Commune, Long Thanh District.
When it was caught, the Sonadezi waste treatment plant in Long Thanh Industrial Zone had signed waste treatment contracts with 42 companies. Eighty percent of the toxic effluents were generated by dyeing and textile production.
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According to police, samples taken from the plant contained toxic substances that exceeded safe levels by five to ten times.
After the case was exposed, around 200 farming households in Tam An Commune have asked the company to pay over VND11.5 billion (US$552,000) in compensation for polluting the river and damaging their seafood farms.
The Sonadezi Corporation, the parent company, is the main investor in industrial zones in Dong Nai Province.