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Locals block garbage trucks for fear of pollution

Update: August, 19/2015 - 09:00
Garbage is piled up on the National Highway 1 section through the Quang Ngai Province's Binh Son District. — Photo

QUANG NGAI (VNS) — For the past 10 days, local people have been preventing the garbage trucks from entering the Binh Nguyen Waste Treatment Complex (BNWTC) in Quang Ngai central Province's Binh Son District for fear that the pollution has been affecting their health.

The complex, the biggest waste treatment area in Quang Ngai Province, in the central and Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region, is managed by JSC Electrical Engineering Environment (EME Lilama), and receives and treats tens of tons of hazardous medical, domestic and industrial waste per day from Dung Quat Economic Zone and nearby localities.

Tran Binh, a villager, said the BNWTC is just 1.5km from the nearest residential area and the people living in the nearby neighborhoods found it difficult to stand the smoke whenever garbage was burnt.

"Besides the burnt trash, the rest is buried cursorily. Especially, the industrial waste and hazardous waste could affect water resources severely in the future," the local villager complained.

Many families did not leave their children at home because they feared that fumes from waste treatment area could cause cancer and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, he added.

Binh and many locals demanded that leachate should not be discharged into the Ham Rong lake and hazardous waste landfill should be removed from the current location.

Huynh Vinh Phuc, EME Lilama's director, told Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) newspaper that waste treatment process had been interrupted because the locals had stopped the transportation of garbage to the areas over the past several days.

He said the company treated leachate radically, using the water thus recovered to irrigate trees.

As for the landfill site, a new one was expected to be allocated by the provincial People's Committee by September 15, the director said.

The BNWTC has a maximum treatment capacity of 50 to 100 tons of domestic waste per day, and 25,000 tons of industrial and hazardous waste per year.

Le Minh Huan, spokesperson of Quang Ngai People's Committee, said the provincial authority had asked leaders of Binh Son district to hold a dialogue between the locals and BNWTC representatives so that the BNWTC can soon resume operation. —

Garbage is piled up by the National Highway 1 section through Quang Ngai Province's Binh Son District.—Photo


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