|Workers from the High Command of Chemicals under the Ministry of Defence spray chemicals to decontaminate the Rạng Đông light bulb factory in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang|
HÀ NỘI — More than 2,600 tonnes of toxic waste have been removed from the scene of a fire at the Rạng Đông light bulb factory during a 20-day operation.
The information was released on Sunday by the Hà Nội Sewerage and Drainage Company, which was assigned to clean up the site.
A company spokesperson said all the waste had been correctly stored in line with regulations. After receiving a report from relevant organisations about toxicity levels, the company decide how best to treat it.
To collect the waste, the company assigned more than 1,600 workers and 30 lorries.
The High Command of Chemicals under the Ministry of National Defence used four tonnes of chemicals to decontaminate the scene.
On August 28, the fire destroyed a third of the 6,000-square-metre warehouse in Thanh Xuân District’s Hạ Đình Ward. More than four million light bulbs melted in the fire and authorities said an area within a 500-metre radius of the warehouse had been contaminated with mercury.
According to the Việt Nam Environment Administration, an estimated 15.2-27.2 kilogrammes of mercury were released into the environment during the fire. The company said it caused losses of around VNĐ150 billion (US$6.4 million). — VNS