Chinese ore firm suspended until it repairs destroyed ecosystem

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South-central Vietnam's Phu Yen Province banned a Chinese firm from exporting ore Thursday until it restores part of a local forest it destroyed.

Son Giang Company was given ten months to level more than 800,000 cubic meters of rock, soil and mud piled up from excavation in An Dinh Commune, Tuy An District, and plant trees on 18 hectares of damaged land.

The Phu Yen Department of Natural Resources and Environment has confiscated 2,300 tons of processed iron ore the company moved to Vung Ro Port for export earlier this month. Investigators found another 27,000 tons of processed ore at the company's mining post.

The mine has been closed until the restoration is complete.

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