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Farmers to be paid for pollution damage

Update: March, 10/2012 - 10:14

DONG NAI — Wastewater from the Sonadezi Long Thanh Company in southern Dong Nai Province has caused great damage to local aquaculture and fruit farming in the area.

The statement was made by the HCM City-based Institute of Environment and Resources, entrusted to assess the effects of pollution on local farmers living around the Ba Cheo canal in Bien Hoa City and Long Thanh District.

Institute analysis show that wastewater discharged by the company from 2008 until August last year polluted an area of nearly 114ha along the canal, which flows into the Dong Nai River, with great effect on local farming.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, working with relevant agencies in assessing the report, will soon define adequate compensation for farmers.

Earlier, around 200 affected households filed complaints with local authorities demanding more than VND16 billion (US$768,000) in compensation from the company when it was found to be discharging untreated wastewater into the canal.

Sonadezi Long Thanh, responsible for treating the wastewater of 42 companies in the Long Thanh Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province, was found discharging 9,300 cubic m of untreated wastewater into the river via three underground pipelines in August last year.

The company was fined VND405 million ($19,440) for violating the environmental protection law. — VNS

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