|Water pollution causes mass fish die-off in Màn stream on July 4. — Photo vietnamplus.vn|
HÒA BÌNH — A copper mining company in the northern Hòa Bình Province faces a fine of VNĐ320 million (US$14,200) for polluting a stream, leading to mass fish deaths in its neighbourhood in early July.
The penalty imposed on An Phú Copper Mineral joint-stock company was proposed on Monday to the province’s leaders by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, deputy head of the department Nguyễn Trần Anh said.
The waste water containing copper ore of the company, located in Yên Thượng Commune in Cao Phong District, was found flowing into the Màn stream on July 4.
The incident led to mass fish and shrimp deaths along 5km of the stream. Fish in two ponds of two households in the neighbouring Yên Lập Commune also died.
Nguyễn Trần Anh said the company admitted responsibility right after the incident and agreed to pay VNĐ61 million ($2,700) as compensation to the two affected households.
He said the quality of the stream water was safe now, as confirmed by a test carried out on Monday.
“People can use the water for their daily activities and for fish culture now,” he said.
“We are examining soil samples and will publish the information later.” — VNS