HAI PHONG (VNS) — Authorities in Thuy Nguyen District in the northern port city of Hai Phong have caught a company discharging waste water into a marsh next to the Bach Dang River.
Residents in Phuc Le Commune reported to Lao dong (Labour) newspaper that the Hai Phong Thermo-electric Joint-stock Company discharged its waste into the marsh in Phuc Le, Pha Le and Lap Le communes.
On Wednesday, a reporter at the scene saw the company's waste-water reservoir leaking into the marsh through cinder bags.
Later, the bags were removed and waste water from the reservoir poured into the marsh. The reporter phoned local authorities to come and catch the culprits red-handed.
Pham Quang Thuy, head of the Phuc Le Commune Police, said that several months ago, the company signed a contract with the police to protect the marsh area for VND3.5 million (US$160) a month.
Thuy, who once worked at the company, was told by workers not to eat fish in the marsh because it was poisoned.
A year ago the company lowered the bank of the reservoir by 60 centimetres, and then put cinder bags on the bank to prevent water from overflowing.
Cao Xuan Nhuong, deputy head of the company's Technology Division, claimed he did not know that water from the reservoir had overflowed into the marsh.
Chairman of the Thuy Nguyen District People's Committee Nguyen Tran Lanh said that the district would wait for tests results on the water before deciding on what punishment to give the company. — VNS