Locals blockade proposed landfill site in central Vietnam

By Ai Chau, Thanh Nien News

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Locals have set up a tent at the foot of the Moc Hill and lived there for the past week to prevent any machinery or equipment from being taken to the construction site. Photo: Ai Chau Locals have set up a tent at the foot of the Moc Hill and lived there for the past week to prevent any machinery or equipment from being taken to the construction site. Photo: Ai Chau

Local residents in the central province of Thanh Hoa have blocked construction of a landfill site for the last one week following concern the dump would pollute the surroundings.
People in Trieu Son District said they protested since the 45,650-square-meter dump site on Moc Hill was too close to their homes.
Tran Huy Hoa, a local man, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the site was just 200 meters from the nearest house and 300 meters from the local primary and secondary schools.
Hoa and his neighbors have set up a tent at the foot of the hill and lived there for the past week to prevent any machinery or equipment from being taken to the construction site.
The landfill was approved by the Thanh Hoa provincial government in April last year and the Trieu Son District administration started work on it recently.
Tran Sy Binh of the district People’s Committee told Thanh Nien Sunday that the project meets Vietnam’s environmental standards.
“Locals don’t have enough information and so have gathered to protest.
“We are explaining to them so that they will let us continue with the construction.”
The dump, to cost VND28.5 billion (US$1.3 million), is expected to bury 4,000 tons of waste annually.

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