Harmful waste from Hong Kong found in northern Vietnam

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Police in the northern province of Hai Phong Monday said they had found six containers 40 feet high of harmful industrial waste from Hong Kong at a local seaport.


Initial reports showed that the waste, including used plastic bottles, paper, rubber and electric wires, was imported from Hong Kong on December 15, 2008, according to Hai Phong's environmental police PC36.


The import was conducted under a contract belonging to Hop Thanh Ltd in Phu Xuan District that stipulated the waste was for temporary import due to be exported, but the company denied the waste had been unloaded at Dinh Vu seaport, PC36 said.


Investigations are ongoing.


On June 2, PC36 also found three containers of plastic waste mixed with harmful residue at Green Port.


The waste was imported under a contract belonging to Phuc An Thinh Company and was meant for temporary import to be exported.


The Ngo Quyen District-based company, however, refused to accept it, saying it was not in accordance with the contract.

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