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80% of polluting firms taken off black list

Update: May, 24/2011 - 10:26

TAY NINH — Eighty-seven (80.5 per cent) out of 108 factories have been removed from the pollution black list in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh, said Nguyen Hoang, deputy head of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment yesterday.

Most of the factories operate in the agricultural production sector.

Hoang said that waste treatment in 13 medical centres was now the biggest challenge facing the province because there were no funds from the Government to tackle the problem.


Vietnamese ignorant about air pollution

HA NOI — A recent survey by GE Energy revealed that two out of three Vietnamese were not aware that fossil fuel used to produce electricity was among the main causes of air pollution.

The survey also showed that the understanding of the cause of air pollution was higher in regional countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Only 27 per cent of the Vietnamese surveyed cited fossil fuel as one of the leading causes of air pollution, as opposed to 55 per cent of Singaporeans and 47 per cent of Malaysians.-VNS

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