Waste treatment firm fined for pollution

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Waste treatment firm fined for pollution

VietNamNet Bridge – Sonadezi Long Thanh, a waste treatment company in Dong Nai Province, has been fined VND405 million (US$19,500) for releasing poorly treated wastewater into the Dong Nai River.

VietNamNet Bridge – Sonadezi Long Thanh, a waste treatment company in Dong Nai Province, has been fined VND405 million (US$19,500) for releasing poorly treated wastewater into the Dong Nai River.

Environment police inspect an area to which the company has discharged its unqualified wastewater. (Photo: VNE)

According to the Anti-Environmental Crime Prevention and Control Police Department, Sonadezi Long Thanh Joint Stock Company, which is situated in the Long Thanh Industrial Park in Long Thanh District, is in charge of handling wastewater from 42 enterprises in the park.

After testing the wastewater samples taken from the company, the department concluded that those samples exceeded the allowable limits by 5-10 times on color, Fe and chemical oxygen demand (COD) in wastewater.
The company was also found not following some of its commitments on environmental protection and not regularly using its wastewater treatment system.

Earlier on August 3, the environmental police caught the company releasing about 9,300 cubic meters of black wastewater with stinking odor into the Ba Cheo canal, the main source of water for 500 hectares of farmland in the district’s Tam An Commune.

The police found an underground sewerage system used to discharge the waste into the river.

They also found the company’s microorganism processing tanks was not in good condition, and both the waste decolorization system and the pipeline transmitting chemicals to the decontamination tank weren’t working.

Last month, about 220 farming households in Long Thanh filed claims for a total damage of VND12 billion (US$577,000) from the company which they said had discharged poorly-treated wastewater for several years, newswire VnExpress reported.

However, after testing the wastewater samples taken from the company on August 23, the Natural Resource and Environment Institute under the Ho Chi Minh City National University recently concluded that such wastewater has yet to cause serious consequences.

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