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Wastewater found to cause fish deaths in Hà Tĩnh

Update: October, 01/2018 - 18:00
Water leaking from the landfill of Lộc Hà District is black and smelly. — Photo dantri.com.vn
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HÀ TĨNH — Large amounts of untreated wastewater leaked out during the garbage disposal process at the landfill in Lộc Hà District, Hà Tĩnh Province, allegedly causing significant fish deaths in Can Lộc District, the provincial authorities said.

The inspection result showed that the wastewater from Hồng Lộc Commune’s landfill leaked into the environment at a high volume, Dân Trí online newspaper reported.

It is predicted that the leak from the wastewater disposal wells will amount to about 400-500cu.m, a representative of the industrial complex in Lộc Hà District said.

According to the waste treatment process at the landfill, wastewater from burial sites was collected into wastewater disposal wells and then discharged into a wastewater disposal reservoir after being treated in wells for two days with chemicals.

The water is then discharged into the environment. It flows into Nghèn River, the section running through Tùng Lộc Commune, Can Lộc District.

Inspections found that the water colour in Nghèn River changed to a dark red colour and had a bad odor.

The environment department took water samples for testing and also asked the management board of the industrial complex in Lộc Hà District to ensure the treatment of wastewater before discharging it to the environment.

Nguyễn Đức Dũng, head of the management board of the industry complex, told the newspaper that leakage of waste water was caused by a break in part of a degraded pipe and concrete walls of the waste disposal reservoir.

He said that they have basically completed the work of repairing the damaged pipe and walls and were waiting for the test results of the environment agency to take further measures.

The provincial environment department also asked local authorities and relevant agencies to quickly deal with the problem.

Earlier, local residents in Thuần Thiện and Tùng Lộc communes in Can Lộc District reported the local canal had turned black and begun to stink, causing the mass dead fish. — VNS

 

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