|A man pouring chemical without any proection ware in the workshop. — Photo chinhphu.vn|
BÀ RỊA - VŨNG TÀU — A chemical processing and trading workshop in Phước Lập Hamlet, Tân Thành District of southern Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province is affecting people’s health.
Dozens of households in the area have complained to the local authority about the workshop, which has been operating for more than five years, but the local authority has been ignoring it.
“Every day the workshop is always busy, even until midnight. Trucks come to get foul-smelling chemicals," Phạm Thế Hùng, a local, said.
Besides this, wastewater from the workshop is discharged directly into the sewage system and canals, he said.
At present, many locals, especially aged people and children, are suffering from breathing-related diseases, Hùng said.
“We complained to the local authority several times, but the situation hasn’t been resolved yet,” he said.
Online newspaper vov.vn reported that the workshop has no name and is located in a 2,000sq.m- area with a makeshift house fenced by a low wall. In the workshop area, there are hundreds of containers of toxic hydrocloric acid.
Nguyễn Thanh Diệu, head of Mỹ Xuân Commune, said the local government has inspected and checked the workshop for violations.
Colonel Trương Văn Nghị, from the Economic, Drug and Environment Police of Tân Thành District, said the workshop belonged to the Chân Tín Company, which specialised in chemical trading.
The company has been fined for environment protection violations, the colonel said.
The workshop just reopened after operations were halted in late 2014. However, the company’s head did not inform the local government. — VNS