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VINH PHUC (VNS) — The northern provinces of Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Phu Tho have spent billions of dong on waste incinerators to deal with pollution, but they could be making the problem worse, according to Tuoi Tre Thu Do (Capital Youth) newspaper.
The incinerators were imported from Thailand, costing up to a billion of dong each (US$46,300). They use natural gas to burn waste.
Vinh Phuc Province's Science and Technology Department recently said the incinerators met all technical standards, but an inter-sectorial inspection team from Bac Giang Province concluded the opposite.
Vinh Phuc Province's Science and Technology Department suggested buying the devices after studying their suitability. They were first used in Tam Hong Commune of Vinh Phuc Province, said Ngo Khanh Lan, director of the department.
The pollution in Vinh Phuc would be worse without the incinerators, Lan said. Some localities had not used the kilns correctly, which had exacerbated the problem.
However, Nguyen Van Xuat, deputy director of Bac Giang Province's Science and Technology Department, said the province's inspection team found the waste incinerators partially ineffective.
The team checked 24 incinerators in the province and concluded that most of them did not meet safety standards for waste treatment – and emitted dust, heat and smoke.
Xuat said many provinces had started to use them without consulting local science and technology departments.
The provinces should review the situation to avoid further environmental pollution, Xuat added. — VNS