Viet Nam News
QUẢNG TRỊ — Residents in central Quảng Trị Province’s Triệu An Commune have used steel net to block trucks carrying seafood to a local seafood processing company.
The action is a protest against pollution and horrible smells coming from the company’s premises, the online Dân trí newspaper reported.
The processing facility belongs to Việt Trung Elites United International Aquatic Products Co.Ltd located in Triệu Phong District’s Triệu An Commune. The stink is reported to have affected 30 households.
Nguyễn Văn Dũng, a resident in Tân Phú Hội Village in Triệu An Commune said the smell began several months ago and seriously affected the lives of residents.
People had asked the company to check its wastewater treatment and solve the problem, but the situation has not been improved, he said.
Nguyễn Văn Phương, vice chairman of Triệu An Commune’s People’s Committee, said that the committee conducted an inspection on September 12 and found the smell came from a large number of stale shrimp’s heads.
On September 13, residents installed a steel net to block trucks carrying seafood to the company.
Following a meeting held later on between leaders of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, environmental police and representatives of the company, the company was ordered to stop operations until it solved the problem.
The company was also requested to build a reservoir to contain treated wastewater.
Lê Minh Hoà, a director of the company, admitted the situation to the newspaper, saying that the wastewater treatment system had a technical problem that caused the annoying smell.
The company said it had to stop operations and repair the system. – VNS