|Police take samples of black mud-like industrial waste dumped stealthily in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province for their investigation. — Photo tuoitre.vn
DONG NAI (VNS) — The Environmental Crime Division of the Dong Nai Province police are questioning two truck drivers and Vedan Company—a food seasoning maker—for illegally dumping 50 tonnes of untreated industrial waste.
The waste was reportedly dumped on a patch of empty ground in a residential quarter of Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province.
The Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported that at around 3pm on last Thursday, two trucks carrying the plate numbers 60N-5679 and 60L-4079 and respectively driven by Nguyen Huu Chung, 43 and Nguyen Minh Quang, 51, both of whom are natives of the same province, were caught in the act of dumping foul-smelling, black mud-like waste.
The two drivers allegedly confessed that they were hired by a person, who claimed to be Hoang Duc Phat, living in Long Thanh District (also in Dong Nai Province) and working for the Vedan Company.
They also admitted that Phat had paid them VND1.3 million (US$51) per truck load of 14 tonnes to carry the waste from the company in Long Thanh District to a patch of empty ground in Khu pho 3, Long Binh, Bien Hoa City.
As agreed upon, the drivers Chung and Quang had driven into the company at 7am on Thursday to load the waste.
After they succeeded in emptying the first load, they had returned to the dumping site and were caught unloading the second batch of waste.
Concerned agencies are investigating to determine whether the waste was from the Vedan company or not.
They suspect the waste is from a production line of monosodium glutamate.
A representative from Vedan told Viet Nam News that said the company would give its official comments to the press tomorrow.
In 2011, the Vedan company was made to pay VND220 billion (US$11 million) as compensation to 875 households for environmental damage caused by waste discharged into the environment. — VNS