|A ship of Nghi Sơn port’s dredging project pours black mud to the sea. – Photo danviet.vn |Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN – The ships pouring black mud into the Nghệ An Province coast were licenced and poured the waste to the right place, Lê Thanh Hà, deputy director of Nghi Sơn economic zone’s management board said on Wednesday.
Early this month, local newspapers and social networks reported several unnamed ships continuously poured black waste to the sea area between Nghệ An’s Hoàng Mai Town and Thanh Hóa Province’s Tĩnh Gia District, causing black streaks of sea water in the area.
Residents complained directly to Hoàng Mai Town People’s Committee.
Lao Động newspaper reported a change of the seawater colour in the area. It was black near the shore, became opaque 35-40m from the shore and was grey in distance.
Nguyễn Hữu Tuy, chairman of Hoàng Mai Town People’s Committee, said on Wednesday that inspectors confirmed the ships, which are part of Nghi Sơn Port’s dredging project, poured mud at the licenced area. “In principle they are right,” he said.
The process of discharging waste into the sea was closely monitored by Thanh Hóa and Nghệ An provinces’ border-guard force.
Hồ Sỹ Dũng, director of Nghệ An Province’s Environment Protection Department, said it co-ordinated with Hoàng Mai Town authorities to take samples of the unnaturally coloured seawater for testing.
Hoàng Mai Town People’s Committee has asked Nghi Sơn economic zone’s management board and People’s Committee of Tĩnh Gia District where the economic zone located to inspect the pouring mud to the sea and report detailed evaluation about impacts on the environment, ecosystem there.
Hà from Nghi Sơn economic zone explained that wind blew so strong that the flow quickly pushed the water streak to the south. “But it doesn’t matter. Mud will dissolve quickly,” Hà said. – VNS