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Toxic waste discharged in northern province

Update: October, 07/2013 - 08:27
The Vicem But Son Cement Plant— File Photo

HA NAM (VNS)— A large amount of industrial waste containing poisonous substances has been accidentally discharged in some areas in the northern province of Ha Nam, leaving local residents concerned.

The areas includes Thanh Liem District's Thanh Tan Commune, Kim Bang District's Thanh Son Commune and the Vicem But Son Cement Plant.

In Thanh Tan Commune only, the waste was about 20 tonnes. In the other areas, the waste was estimated to be about a dozen tonnes, according to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

The department conducted tests of the waste samples in Thanh Tan Commune and the results showed that the amount of heavy mental was below the country's regulated levels.

However, the amount of ammonia exceeded regulated levels. The gas is poisonous to organisms and can cause damage to people's skin, mucous membranes, eyes and respiratory system, experts from the department said.

In the beginning of August, the department sent letters asking the Thanh Liem District People's Committee and the Ba An Environment Corporation to set up areas to bury industrial waste in accordance with technological norms.

However, until now, observations by the Viet Nam News Agency's correspondent showed that the waste in Thanh Tan Commune was still present outdoors.

Local residents said that the authorities had covered the waste with canvas, but wind blew the canvas away after just a few days.

The department and provincial police are investigating to locate the owner of the waste. — VNS

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