Chemical producer fined for untreated wastewater release

By Mai Tram, Thanh Nien News

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Environment police of Can Tho caught the company red-handed releasing its untreated wastewater to Hau River in May. Photo provided by Can Tho police Environment police of Can Tho caught the company red-handed releasing its untreated wastewater to Hau River in May. Photo provided by Can Tho police

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A company has been fined VND860 million for releasing untreated wastewater into Hau River in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.
Huy Viet-Tay Do Company, which produces industrial alcohol and other industrial chemicals, is also ordered to remove its unqualified wastewater treatment system, according to the People's Committee of Can Tho Town, Hau Giang Province.
Environment police caught the company red-handed releasing its untreated wastewater to Hau River in the lower reaches of the Mekong River, which runs through Hau Giang, in May.
This has been the fourth time Huy Viet-Tay Do was caught doing so since 2007. In the most recent incident in 2013, the company was fined VND340 million.
The environment ministry early this month launched an inspection at 29 companies in Hau Giang Province, to ensure compliance with environment protection regulations.
Among the companies inspected is a US$1.2 billion paper plant owned by Taiwanese Lee & Man Paper. The factory has recently raised public fears that it could have been discharging contaminated effluents that might pollute the river and kill fish.

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