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Dirty water kills fish

Update: December, 14/2014 - 12:00

Fish die when pollution enters the water in which they live.

This has been happening in the Rang and Rach Van rivers.

This has been because dirty water from fish factories has been let out into the rivers before being cleaned.

Many people who were once fishermen now have no work because of this carelessness.

Untreated waste discharged from the commune's fisheries processing zone is the main cause of the pollution that has plagued residents for many years.
Untreated waste discharged from the commune's fisheries processing zone is the main cause of the pollution that has plagued residents for many years. - Photo laodong

BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) — A lack of comprehensive measures to solve environmental pollution has made Tan Hai Commune in the southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province a pollution hot spot.

Untreated waste discharged from the commune's fisheries processing zone is the main cause of the pollution that has plagued residents for many years.

Established in 1998, the zone has 22 fisheries processing plants specialising in the production of dried fish, fish powder and fish sauce.

Annual inspection by local natural resources and environment inspectors revealed that the plants were still illegally discharging untreated waste into the environment, particularly at night or on weekends.

Many plants have built waste treatment facilities that are actually used to cover up their environmental violations.

The inspections further revealed that seven plants have been releasing untreated waste into Rang River while 14 others have been discharging waste into Rach Van River, polluting the environment and affecting the living conditions of aquatic animals and plants, as well as residents' aquatic farming.

Nguyen Thi Thom, a resident, told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that she could not accept the foul odour from plants producing dried fish all day. Residents had sent numerous complaints to authorities about the situation but no changes had taken place, she noted.

Truong Ung Hung, also a resident and a fishermen, said the pollution had killed a large number of fish in the rivers and rendered fishermen like himself unemployed.

Bui Van Thon, owner of a shrimp breeding farm, revealed that the pollution had likewise killed much of his shrimp.

Le Van Sam, director of the provincial natural resources and environment department, said his office had formulated a master plan to deal with pollution in the area, focusing on increasing inspections, supervising the plants' waste treatment activities and compelling them to abide by environmental pollution regulations.

The plan requires plants that discharge at least 100 cu.m of waste water per day to install automatic observation equipment that will check waste water quality after treatment. Operations of violators will be suspended.

Nguyen Van Phuoc, head of the Institute for Environment and Resources in HCM City, said a long-term solution required the province to speed up investment in the construction of large-scale fisheries processing zones with adequate waste collection and treatment facilities to protect the environment.

All processing plants in Tan Hai Commune could then be relocated to this new zone to create conditions for them to operate while helping supervise their waste treatment activities, he added.

However, Tran Van Mot, deputy head of the economy and budget department of the provincial people's council, explained that the master plan lacked measures to support businesses in protecting the environment.

He noted that the investment required for building waste treatment plants could range from VND3 billion to VND6 billion (US$142,000 to $285,000). — VNS

GLOSSARY

Untreated waste discharged from the commune's fisheries processing zone is the main cause of the pollution that has plagued residents for many years.

Untreated waste is water that has been made dirty by left-overs from factories or sewage, and has not been through a special treatment plant to separate the dirt from the water.

When polluted water that is kept in a special place is let out into a river, it is discharged.

When residents are plagued they are given never-ending trouble.

Annual inspection by local natural resources and environment inspectors revealed that the plants were still illegally discharging untreated waste into the environment, particularly at night or on weekends.

Annual means every year.

The inspections further revealed that seven plants have been releasing untreated waste into Rang River while 14 others have been discharging waste into Rach Van River, polluting the environment and affecting the living conditions of aquatic animals and plants, as well as residents' aquatic farming.

Aquatic animals and plants are those that live in water.

Nguyen Thi Thom, a resident, told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that she could not accept the foul odour from plants producing dried fish all day. Residents had sent numerous complaints to authorities about the situation but no changes had taken place, she noted.

A foul odour means a bad smell.

Numerous means many.

Truong Ung Hung, also a resident and a fishermen, said the pollution had killed a large number of fish in the rivers and rendered fishermen like himself unemployed.

If fishermen are rendered to become unemployed, they are caused to be unemployed.

Le Van Sam, director of the provincial natural resources and environment department, said his office had formulated a master plan to deal with pollution in the area, focusing on increasing inspections, supervising the plants' waste treatment activities and compelling them to abide by environmental pollution regulations.

To formulate means to prepare carefully and with planning.

A master plan is a grand plan that takes everything into consideration.

Operations of violators will be suspended.

Violators are people who break the rules.

To be suspended means to not be allowed to work. Suspension is often given out as a form of punishment.

Nguyen Van Phuoc, head of the Institute for Environment and Resources in HCM City, said a long-term solution required the province to speed up investment in the construction of large-scale fisheries processing zones with adequate waste collection and treatment facilities to protect the environment.

A long-term solution is an answer to a problem that will last for a long time so that the problem does not come up again.

If there is adequate waste collection, then there is enough of it happening and not too little.

All processing plants in Tan Hai Commune could then be relocated to this new zone to create conditions for them to operate while helping supervise their waste treatment activities, he added.

When processing plants are relocated they are taken from one place and put in another place.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1.      Another word for a smell.

2.      The name of a river.

3.      A type of fish that Bui Van Thon breeds.

4.      What Truong Ung Hung has become, thanks to dirty water.

5.      A currency (money) with the sign $.

 

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 1. Odour; 2. Rang; 3. Shrimps; 4. unemployed; 5. Dollar.

 

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