16:09 | 13/07/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - The Vietnam Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Management Project Office recently organized a workshop to review the five-year implementation of the project. The event looked at as part of the activities within the deployment of Component 3.1 of the project which has been undertaken by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnam Electricity and funded by the World Bank.
PCB Management Project Review Conference
According to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, environmental pollution has attracted global attention. One of the major causes for environmental pollution is hazardous waste and chemicals. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants represents a global agreement on dealing with and controlling hazardous waste and chemicals.
Vietnam became the 14th member of the convention when it passed a prime ministerial decision on July 22, 2002 on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which was issued on August 10, 2006. The Vietnam PCB Management Project is regarded as a key component of this plan.
Over the past five years of its implementation, positive achievements have been recorded including finalizing PCB management mechanisms, preparing a national PCB management action plan, consolidating a national PCB database, upgrading PCB storage infrastructure, improving PCB management capacity and raising people’s PCB awareness.
“However, there are difficulties in handling PCBs in Vietnam that require special attention. Vietnam doesn’t produce PCBs but imports PCB-containing equipment and materials including insulating oil,” Tuyen said.
One major difficulty in handling PCBs, according to experts, is that its transport and disposal costs are high. In fact, only Holcim Vietnam’s Kien Giang Province-located Hon Chong cement plant is licensed to carry out PCB treatment, so companies in the north and the central region are reluctant to transport their insulating oil there. Moreover, there are no solutions for insulating oil-containing equipment.
Through implementing the project, Vietnam has underlined its commitment to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants while minimizing environmental pollution possibilities, contributing to local and global environmental protection.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was signed on May 22, 2001, and become valid from May 19, 2004. The convention has 179 signatories. The convention aims to protect human health and the environment from the risks posed by organic persistent toxic pollutants that pose a threat to the environment, humans and wildlife.