28 firms put on environmental watch

November 30, 2017 - 07:00

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has listed 28 enterprises that need to be under special environmental management.

Fishermen collect their catch in Thừa Thiên-Huế Province more than a year after Formosa’s environmental disaster. – VNA/VNS Photo Công Tường
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has listed 28 enterprises that need to be under special environmental management.

Speaking at the conference on Monday, Hoàng Văn Thức, deputy director of the Việt Nam Environmental Administration, said that the special environmental management project for enterprises was applied for businesses that could generate high environmental pollution.

The project was implemented in accordance with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s request after serious environmental incidents such as Formosa’s environmental disaster in the central province of Hà Tĩnh. It has caused an estimated economic loss totalling more than VNĐ260 billion (US$11.5 million) and affected at least 123,000 fishermen and locals who rely on the sea for a living or who work in the tourism industry.

The project aims to control environmental pollution to avoid such incidents.

Thức said the project identified six types of high-risk enterprises in the fields of cement, thermal power and mineral mining.

In addition, the project also identified the set of criteria to point out the types of pollutants. It also referred to the criteria for reviewing the project from granting investment licences and environmental impact assessment.

On that basis, as many as 28 enterprises have been put into special control, he said. — VNS

The 28 enterprises on the watch list for special environmental control are:

- Formosa Plastic Group’s steel plant, which is located in Hà Tĩnh Province, is under special supervision of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

- Hoà Phát Steel Complex Project, located in Hải Dương Province, is under construction.

- Vĩnh Tân Thermal Power Complex in Bình Thuận Province with four factories. At present, Vĩnh Tân 2 thermal power plant has been operating and causing environmental problems.

- Duyên Hải Power Generation Complex in Trà Vinh Province with four factories. Thermal power plant Duyên Hải 1 has been put into operation.

- Thái Bình Thermal Power Plant in Thái Bình Province, which is under construction.

- Vonfram Núi Pháo Mining Co., Ltd in Thái Nguyên Province.

- Sinh Quyển Mining Processing Project in Lào Cai Province, which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

- Nhân Cơ Alumina Plant and Tân Rai bauxite-alumina complex in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng.

- Thạch Khê Iron Mine in Hà Tĩnh Province, which has halted its operations.

- Lee & Man Paper Factory in Hậu Giang Province.

- VNT 19 Paper Powder Plant in Quảng Ngãi Province.

- An Hoà Paper Factory in Tuyên Quang Province.

- Bãi Bằng Paper Factory.

- DAP No. 1 fertiliser production plant in Hải Phòng City.

- Yellow phosphorus production plant in Lào Cai Province.

- Tằng Loỏng Industrial Zone in Lào Cai Province.

- Texhong Industrial Zone, Lai Vu Industrial Zone, and Xuyên Á Industrial Zone.

- Oil refinery projects of Bình Sơn, Long Sơn and Nghi Sơn in Thanh Hóa Province

- Đa Phước Solid Waste Complex in HCM City and Nam Sơn Waste Treatment Complex in Hà Nội.