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Paper firm gets deadline to reduce sewage discharge

Update: April, 13/2015 - 14:57
A sluice gate of the An Hoa Paper Joint Stock Company. —- Photo

TUYEN QUANG (VNS) — The An Hoa paper company was found discharging sewage more than the permitted level, Pham Van Luong, deputy director of Tuyen Quang Province's Natural Resource and Environment Department, said.

A joint inspection team from the provincial department's inspectorate, environment protection department and other relevant agencies found that though the joint stock company had temporarily stopped production for periodic machine maintenance from March 1 to 26, it still discharged sewage into the Lo River.

The authorities took two water samples, and the test results showed the sewage quantity exceeded the permitted level.

The provincial's People's Committee has given the company a deadline of May 31 to finish its sewage treatment systems, to ensure that the discharge of sewage is within the permitted level.

The An Hoa Company began operations in 2011. It has been fined several times for violating environment regulations, with the latest one being in August 2014, when it was fined for not treating sewage properly before discharging it into the river. — VNS

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