15:47 | 20/05/2016 Science - Technology
The head of the Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on May 17 signed three decisions approving nearly VND4 billion (US$180,000) in sanctions for three local businesses for polluting the Buoi River, leading to the recent mass fish deaths and water contamination in some areas of Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh provinces.
Contaminated water leads to mass fish deaths on the Buoi River - (Credit: VNA)
Accordingly, Tan Hieu Hung One Member Co., Ltd, located at Bui village, Tan My commune, Lac Son district, Hoa Binh province, was fined over VND1.9 billion and must suspend operations for 12 months as of May 20.
Hoa Binh Sugarcane and Sugar JSC (Tan My commune, Lac Son district, Hoa Binh province) was fined more than VND1.78 billion and forced to suspend operations for six months as of May 20.
Nguyen Ngoc Sang’s pig farm in Tan My commune was fined nearly VND195 million and forced to stop the release of wastewater to the river for three months as of May 20.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Tan Hieu Hung company did not comply with the requirements on environmental protection from authorities, while improperly treating environmental waste.
Hoa Binh Sugarcane Company received penalties for not formulating and approving an environmental management plan as prescribed, and discharging untreated solid waste and wastewater into the Buoi River illegally, causing pollution in the river.
Nguyen Ngoc Sang, owner of the pig rearing facility, was charged with not implementing environmental monitoring programmes as prescribed; not operating frequently or improperly operating environmental remediation facilities; and discharging wastewater exceeding technical regulations by ten times or more.
The ministry ordered the businesses suspend operations and address the above violations.
Hoa Binh Sugarcane Company will also have to compensate organisations and inpiduals affected by the pollution, on the basis of the statistical damages in Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh, while implementing measures to redress pollution in the Buoi River.
Local residents in Thanh Hoa have been finding dead fish in the river since early May. Since then, more than 18 tonnes of fish have died, according to local authorities.
Investigations showed that a huge amount of wastewater released from the businesses upstream caused the mass fish deaths./.