New environmental regulations to be issued

06:00 | 13/06/2021 Environment

(VEN) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will issue six Vietnamese standards for scraps, and at the same time revise and supplement five environmental quality standards and three waste standards so they can be approved by relevant authorities in the third quarter of 2021.

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According to a report by the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), the agency has drafted 14 Vietnamese standards, including five environmental quality standards, which are awaiting assessments by ministries, sectors, localities and other relevant parties; three standards on wastes (industrial wastewater and emissions, and livestock wastewater); and six standards on imported scraps, including iron and steel, plastic, paper, glass, non-ferrous metal and blast-furnace slag scraps.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan said the national environmental technical standards and regulations were drafted in accordance with the 2020 Law on Environmental Protection that takes effect in 2021.

The VEA will continue to review and amend 11 Vietnamese standards this year, including three standards on environmental quality and eight standards on waste and waste treatment. In 2022, the administration will formulate six new Vietnamese standards.

The VEA needs to work with relevant units in order to revise and improve the draft standards in accordance with clear legal arguments and laws, the deputy minister said.

He asked the VEA to complete work so that six standards on scraps can be issued in early June. Nhan also asked the administration to revise, supplement and improve the five standards on environmental quality and three standards on wastes so they can be made ready for assessment in early June and can be issued in the third quarter of this year.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has so far issued 48 Vietnamese standards on the environment, which serve as an important base for state management in the field.

The 48 environmental standards include 12 standards on environmental quality and 36 standards on waste and waste treatment. In general, the environmental standards were efficiently built, some of them are by no means inferior to those of developed countries such as Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), the US, and the EU.

Huong Thu