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Waste materials imports restricted

Update: May, 31/2014 - 09:49
Deputies said it was also necessary to ban the trade of waste materials imported into Viet Nam.— Photo baohaiquan
HA NOI (VNS)— National Assembly deputies proposed stricter regulations for waste materials imports while discussing the revised Environment Law at the ongoing seventh session of the 13th NA yesterday.

Waste materials imported into the country must meet environmental protection regulations and be included on the list of waste materials allowed for import by the Prime Minister.

Deputies said it was also necessary to ban the trade of waste materials imported into Viet Nam.

Some deputies said the import of used ships to break them into pieces should be allowed, saying it could bring economic benefits and create jobs for local people.

However, others said this would have a serious environmental impact and that allowing such practices would turn the country into a waste dump for the rest of the world.

Deputies Nguyen Minh Lam from the southern province of Dong Nai and Dang Dinh Luyen from the southern province of Khanh Hoa said the draft law should not allow the import of used ships for such a purpose, as used ships were still equipped with old equipment and machines that could contain toxic chemicals and waste.

Therefore, the process of breaking up the ships could damage the environment and pose health risks to workers and local people, they said.

Many deputies proposed the revised law clarify the responsibilities of individuals and organisations for addressing environmental pollution, particularly the minister of natural resources and environment, heads of relevant agencies and chairmen of People's Committees at all levels.

Most National Assembly deputies also proposed creating a legal framework for climate change adaptation.

They said the State had many programmes on climate change adaptation, but there was a lack of regulations to implement them.

On the same day, the deputies discussed draft amendments to the law on the organisation of the National Assembly. They agreed that after 12 years of implementation, the law needed to be revised so it would be more applicable to real life and make NA operations more efficient..

They also discussed the draft revision of the Customs Law, which focuses on modernising customs operations to create better conditions for import and export activities.

Deputy Truong Van Vo from the southern province of Dong Nai said specific regulations on training would help improve the professional skills of customs officers.

Deputy Ya Duck from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong said there should also be regulations to prevent customs officers from committing violations.

Some deputies proposed allowing customs officers to work with relevant agencies to prevent smuggling and trade fraud in import and export activities. — VNS


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