A subsidiary of a state-owned corporation has been fined VND405 million (US$19,400) for dumping untreated toxic waste in the southern province of Dong Nai.
The punishment was announced at a meeting between Sonadezi Service Joint Stock Company and the Ministry of Public Security's environmental police department on Friday.
A subsidiary of the state-owned Sonadezi Corporation, the company in question manages a waste water treatment plant that was caught discharging millions of cubic meters of untreated sewage into the Rach Cheo Canal in August. The canal flows into to the Dong Nai River.
Under the department's orders, the company was asked to rectify the problem within ten days. It was told to follow environmental regulations and set up automatic devices to control the quality of all waste-water released by the facility.
At the time of the discovery, the Sonadezi waste treatment plant in Long Thanh Industrial Zone had waste treatment contracts with 42 companies. Eighty percent of the toxic effluents were generated by dyeing and textile production.
Since the case was exposed, around 200 farming households in Tam An Commune have asked the company to pay over VND11.5 billion (US$552,000) in total compensation for polluting the river and damaging their seafood farms.