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MSG polluter Vedan to pay $6.2m compo

Update: August, 12/2010 - 10:33
DONG  NAI – Taiwanese-owned monosodium glutamate maker Vedan has agreed to pay more than VND119 billion (US$6.2 million) compensation to farmers in two districts of the southeastern province of Dong Nai affected by its pollution.

According to the document sent by Vedan General Director Yang Kun Hsiang to the provincial People's Committee yesterday, Vedan proposed to transfer 50 per cent of its compensation to affected farmers in four communes of Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts within seven days yesterday and the remainder from January 10-14.

Vedan had agreed to pay VND45.7 billion ($2.3 million) to affected farmers in HCM City and VND53.6 billion ($2.8 million) to those in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

Also yesterday, the provincial lawyers' delegations continued offering legal help to affected farmers in the two districts in filing their suits against Vedan. More than 1,200 documents on the issue have been sent to the court.

In September 2008, Vedan was caught discharging untreated waste water into the Thi Vai river. Environment police and inspectors estimated 100,000cu m of untreated waste water had been dumped directly into the river each month, starting in 1994 when Vedan began operating.

Research by the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources of HCM City National University found Vedan's waste water had polluted 80-90 per cent of water in the Thi Vai river which runs nearly 80km through HCM City, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

Up to 2,700ha of fish farms along the banks of the river had been badly affected, including 2,100ha in Dong Nai and 600ha in HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the institute said. —VNS

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