Farmers in the southern province of Dong Nai have accepted pollution compensation worth nearly 120 billion VND (roughly 6.3 million USD) offered by the polluter, the Taiwanese-owned monosodium glutamate maker, Vedan.
In a press briefing on September 7, both sides reached an agreement on Vedan’s transfer of its compensation to affected farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts.
They also consented that they will sign documents relating to the transfer and receipt of Vedan’s compensation on September 10.
Previously on August 9, Vedan agreed to fully compensate farmers affected by its pollution in Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, with 45.7 billion VND for those in HCM City and 53.6 billion VND for those in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
In September 2008, Vedan was caught discharging untreated waste water into the Thi Vai river by environment police and inspectors, who estimated that 100,000 cu. m of untreated waste water had been dumped directly into the river a month, starting since 1994 when Vedan began operating.
Research by the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources of HCM City National University found Vedan’s waste water had polluted 80-90 percent of water in the Thi Vai river, which runs nearly 80 km through HCM City , Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.
Up to 2,700 ha of fish farms along the banks of the river had been affected badly, including 2,100 ha in Dong Nai and the remaining 600 ha in HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, according to the institute./.