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Broken pond polluted rivers, killed fish

Update: March, 13/2017 - 09:00
Local officials evaluate the consequence of the tailing pond incident that released a large amount of mud and leach residue into rivers and streams in the three communes of Quỳ Hợp District, Nghệ An Province. — Photo
Viet Nam News

NGHỆ AN — Local authorities of Nghệ An Province’s Quỳ Hợp District are investigating the breach in a wall of a tin tailing pond, resulting in the polluting of rivers and killing fish in the district, said Vi Thanh Tường, vice chairman of the district’s People’s Committee on Sunday.

A district’s inspection team is collaborating with the province’s police and environmental department to inspect and evaluate the consequences of the incident, he said.

The incident took place on March 9 when 12 metres of wall of a tailing pond of the Suối Bắc Tin Mining Enterprise broke, releasing hundreds of cubic metres of mud and leach residue into the Nậm Huống River.

The toxic residue flowed into some fish farming ponds in Châu Thành Commune and natural streams in neighbouring communes, killing fish and flooding large areas of agricultural land.

The province’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources took samples of the mud and wastewater released from the enterprise, as well as dead fish, for the investigation. The Quỳ Hợp People’s Committee had asked the enterprise to stop its tin mining activities.

The Suối Bắc Tin Mining Enterprise is owned by the Nghệ Tĩnh Ferrous Metal Company, which has been in operation for years. Its tailing dam has the capacity to hold some 10,000cu.m. — VNS

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