|The Bá Thước tapioca starch production plant has been discharging highly polluted wastewater into Mã River. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — A tapioca starch production plant in central Thanh Hóa Province has been fined VNĐ310 million (US$13,710) for polluting the environment.
The Bá Thước plant, located in Bá Thước District’s Thiết Ống Commune, was found to be discharging wastewater into Mã River with pollutants exceeding the permitted level set by the provincial People’s Committee.
The committee fined the factory VNĐ260 million ($11,410) for polluted water discharge and another VNĐ50 million ($2,300) for not installing a water meter to measure the volume of wastewater before discharging it into the river.
The committee has ordered the plant to take steps to reduce pollutants and submit results before the end of this month. It has also asked the factory to install the water meter before March 30.
Earlier this month, many households in Thiết Ống Commune had complained that wastewater from the plant was destroying their crops and affecting their lives. Following this, inspectors from the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment had collected and tested samples of the discharge water and found that the factory was violating regulations. — VNS