A part of the Vàm Cỏ Đông River in Tây Ninh southern province. Several enterprises were fined for polluting the river. – VNA/VNS Photo Lê Đức Hoảnh
Viet Nam News
TÂY NINH – The Tây Ninh Department of Natural Resources and Environment imposed administrative fines yesterday on two rice vermicelli producers for discharging untreated waste water into the Vàm Cỏ Đông River.
The department has also completed procedures to fine three other enterprises for the same violation.
The enterprise owned by Trương Thị Thảo, 43, of Châu Thành Town, was fined VNĐ30.3 million (US$1,300). The enterprise owned by Nguyễn Thị Thao, 69, of Châu Thành District, was fined VNĐ20.6 million ($900).
The two enterprises discharged waste water exceeding national regulatiory limits by five to ten times.
On May 26, a two-kilometre stretch of the Vàm Cỏ Đông River in Trí Bình Commune, Châu Thành District, was covered with a foul smelling black liquid.
Inspectors from the department checked waste water and waste treating systems of several nearby plants and collected waste water samples from five. They found that had discharged waste water with pollution exceeding legal levels by 1.2 to 26 times. – VNS