|Nhân Cơ alumina plant’s red mud containing cell is confirmed not to be broken. — VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
ĐẮK NÔNG — Đàm Quang Trung, director of the province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, confirmed that Nhân Cơ alumina plant’s red mud containing cell in Đắk R’lấp District was unbroken.
“Leaders of Nhân Cơ Ward People’s Committee and some 40 locals conducted an investigation as they suspected its red mud containing cell had collapsed. However, the delegation did not detect any spill,” Trung said on Sunday.
He also said the plant had three cells. Since it recently began operations, the amount of composed red mud was not enough to break the cell.
According to residents, on September 29, all streets around the plant were flooded, causing traffic congestion. The reddish flood water led to suspicions of a red mud disaster.
At the end of July 2016, Nhân Cơ alumnia plant’s pump broke, leading to a spill of 9.58cu.m of alkaline water. A portion of it leaked into the Đắk Dao spring, resulting in fish deaths.
In mid-2017, white powder from the alkaline plant was seen coating the trees and houses of the locals. — VNS