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Cement-plant pollution upsets residents

Update: December, 03/2012 - 12:07

HA NOI (VNS)– Many householders in central Quang Ngai Province's Binh Son District last weekend flocked to Dai Viet-Dung Quat cement plant to oppose its environmental pollution.

The crowd used bamboo to barricade the main gate, preventing vehicles from going in or out. They also sent their complaints to provincial authorities.

Pham Thi Gac, a resident in Son Tra Village in Binh Dong Commune, said the plant was very noisy and also discharged clouds of dust that affected people's health. She said all householders had to shut their doors all day and that children found it difficult to study due to the noise.

According to Nguyen Dinh Vi, local wells were polluted with cement dust. People did not dare to use it any more and were forced to buy water for daily living at a cost of VND10,000 (US$0.48) per 20-litre-tank.

Nguyen Van Lang, general director of the Central Cement Joint Stock Company which manages the plant, admitted that the dust discharge had affected local residents.

"We will minimise the volume of dust discharged to the surrounding environment in the near future," said Lang.

The plant started operation six months ago and is still only using one third of its design capacity.

Residents are waiting for the provincial People's Committee to stop the pollution and stabilise daily living for those living around the plant. – VNS

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