HCM City's Environmental Crime Prevention and Fighting Police Department has found 40 tonnes of harmful waste illegally buried in Dong Thanh rubbish dump in Hoc Mon District.
Nguyen Huu Loc, deputy director of the Environmental Services Factory, which manages the dump, said the waste consisted of bactericides and sprays for protecting plants.
He said the waste was from the Binh Trieu Factory run by the Viet Nam Pesticide Joint-stock Company.
Experts from the city's Environment and Natural Resources Institute took three solid and three liquid waste samples for tests.
Dinh Duc Anh, one of the experts, said the stench from the buried waste made him feel he was in a pesticide factory.
The deputy head of the environmental police department's Unit 5, Nguyen Duy Linh, said it would cost VND300 million (US$14,560) to treat the 40 tonnes.
The waste should have been treated and buried under the supervision of several government departments.
The illegal disposal of harmful waste can bring fines of up to VND70 million ($3,390).
The results of the tests on the waste are expected in a few days. Punishment will be reserved until then. — VNS