BINH DUONG (VNS) — The Department of Natural Resources and Environment of the southern province of Binh Duong has published a list of 3,600 sources of waste discharge sites that pose a high risk of polluting the environment.
The sites were found while monitoring more than 18,000 businesses in the province.
Of the figure, some 328 sources of waste discharge were found to release 50cu.m of waste per day into Dong Nai river and 178 other sites discharged over 100cu.m each day into the Sai Gon river.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Van Nam said the survey and publication of waste discharge sites would help agencies to better manage environmental pollution along the rivers.
It was essential to check sources of waste discharges and to develop measures to lessen the environmental impact, he added.
The province was also building a database of facilities that have high risks of causing environmental pollution, in a bid to help manage their discharges, he said.
Many localities have started to carry out surveys on sources of waster discharges, following a master plan on environmental protection for Sai Gon-Dong Nai river basin system.
The Sai Gon-Dong Nai river system runs through 11 localities, including HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An, Tay Ninh, Lam Dong, Dak Nong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.
These localities are seeking to handle 90 to 95 per cent of production facilities that cause environmental pollution and have 100 per cent of newly established production use apply green technology or advanced technology to help reduce environmental pollution by 2020.
They also hope to target all industrial zones that have waste treatment facilities by 2020.
Around 90 to 99 per cent of local citizens in both urban and rural areas in these provinces are expected to have clean water available to them by 2020. — VNS