|A worker waters the cinder dump to prevent dust from flying into the residential quarter. -- VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Thanh
BINH THUAN (VNS) -- The Binh Thuan Department of Natural Resources and Environment said today that pollution control at the Vinh Tan 2 Thermo-electric Plant had improved.
Deputy director of the plant Thien Thanh Son said, upon receiving instructions from the concerned authorities, the plant management had assigned workers and local residents tasks that would improve the polluted conditions, setting them to work around the clock. On average, some 160-200 people joined the project each day.
So far, all 15ha of the cinder dump have been watered and covered with a canvas, preventing the dust from the cinders from flying into the residential quarter. Cinders will no longer be placed there but will be put in a temporary dump inside the plant instead.
To water the cinder dump, the plant had set up a 3.8km pipeline to carry water from the plant and a 1.7km pipeline to carry water from Da Bac Lake.
The plant also completed an internal road network to transport the cinders. Now, cinders are watered prior to being transported by special lorries that are covered with a canvas to limit air pollution.
The plant held a meeting to inform local residents of the improved environmental conditions.
On April 14 and 15, hundreds of local residents in Vinh Tan Commune, Tuy Phong District, gathered on Highway 1A, calling for a clean-up of the severe pollution caused by the plant.
Chairman of the Binh Thuan People's Committee Le Tien Phuong spoke with the protestors at the scene and asked the Tuy Phong District authorities to move residents away from the polluted areas, ordering the plant to repair the damage.
A recent examination of the site and survey by the provincial people's committee showed that the environmental condition of the area has improved. The committee has asked the plant not to repeat their mistakes. -- VNS