Chinese firm found dumping sewage into Vietnam via secret pipeline

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A secret pipeline discovered by police used by the Chinese owned Italisa Vietnam to dump untreated sewage into Vietnamese waters

Vietnamese environmental police said on Saturday that a Chinese toilet equipment producer has been discharging untreated waste into northern Vietnamese waterways through hidden pipes.

The Italisa Vietnam, which operates in an industrial zone in Bac Giang Province, was found discharging sewage through a 15-meter long pipeline that had been buried under sand and concrete.

It has been discharging 150 cubic meters of sewage a day.

Three sewage and emission samples have been collected for testing.

Police said the company has been releasing toxic substances, such as copper, quartz, and various chemicals, into Vietnamese waters.

Investigations were launched after police found poisonous chemicals among the sewage around the factory in levels that exceeded those permissible by several hundred times.

Previously, Taiwanese MSG maker Vedan used a hidden pipeline to dump 105 million liters of untreated wastewater into a southern Vietnamese river between 1994 and 2008, until authorities stepped in and busted the polluter.

The company faced public outrage and was boycotted for a while, but its products have returned to the shelves of local supermarkets and its advertisements can now be viewed among local media outlets.

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