|A worker collecting water samples at the dam collapse site in the central province of Nghệ Tĩnh. – Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN – Nghệ Tĩnh Metal Color Joint Stock Company will have to pay a fine of VNĐ1 billion (US$44,000) for a dam collapse incident in March and the violation of environmental laws.
The central province of Nghệ An’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday published the decision made by inspectors of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE).
Inspectors had conducted a check at Nghệ Tĩnh Metal Color JSC to see if it was following environmental protection and mineral mining laws after the incident.
On March 9, the dam holding tin waste owned by the Châu Thành Commune-based Suối Bắc Tin Processing Factory, a subsidiary of Nghệ Tĩnh Metal Color JSC, broke, and a large volume of mud and sewage from the dam flowed down into Nậm Hương stream.
Soon after, local fish breeders from the neighbouring Châu Quang Commune reported mass fish in the stream.
Responding to the complaints, Nghệ An Province’s Party Secretary Nguyễn Đắc Vinh directed local authorities to quickly investigate, collect samples, analyse pollution levels, and assess the level of violations.
The MoNRE, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Nghệ An Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Department of Environmental Police inspected the dam collapse site to collect water, mud and waste samples. Test results showed contamination.
Investigations revealed that though Nghệ Tĩnh Metal Color JSC had been doing mineral mining in Suối Bắc area for nearly four years, it had not received certification for adopting environmental protection measures as per the requirements of the Nghệ An Province People’s Committee. — VNS