charged with 10 violations
DONG NAI — Dong Nai
Province-based monosodium glutamate (MSG) maker Vedan Viet Nam has been charged
with 10 violations of environmental and water resource regulations as well as
evading waste water fee payments for the past 14 years totalling VND91.8 billion
(US$ 5.74 million).
Luong Duy Hanh, director
of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) ‘ s Environment
Protection Department, announced the violations at a press briefing last Friday
where the Taiwanese-invested company agreed to sign a report admitting the
A ministry report accuses
Vedan factories producing starch, MSG and lysine dumped 50 to 5,000 cu.m of
untreated waste water a day, ten times more than the permitted level.
Jurisdiction of the case
would be transferred to MNRE for a proposed administrative fine of VND127-130
million, said Hanh.
Pending ministry approval,
inspectors may propose the Dong Nai Province People’s Committee suspend Vedan
Viet Nam’s operations, he added.
Criminal charges would
also be pressed against the company’s illegal construction of a covert
wastewater system, Hanh said.
MNRE deputy minister Tran
Hong Ha said the further inspections are underway and a decision on prosecution
will be announced after assembling sufficient evidence.
For its part, Vedan Viet
Nam vice board chairman K.H.Yang admitted the company’s many infractions when
dumping untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River and gave it apologies to the
public and society.
He said Vedan Viet Nam had
already lowered output by 10-20 per cent.
Yang asked his company be
allowed to continue operations while seeking solutions to tackle the
He said wastewater
treatment system would be expanded by mid-October at the latest and there would
be more equipment to handle any subsequent environmental pollution. — VNS