Taiwanese-owned Vedan on Saturday reiterated that it will not compensate local farmers for damage caused by its polluting acts.
It is willing to fight the case in court as the evidence against it is "groundless," the company said.
The monosodium glutamate (MSG) maker was found in 2008 to have been dumping untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River for 14 years.
An authorized study by the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources found that the damage caused by Vedan was serious and the company should compensate farmers in Dong Nai Province, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and Ho Chi Minh City with total amount of VND1,698.7 billion.
But Vedan representative, lawyer Hoang Nhu Vinh, said the figures presented by the institute are groundless, according to a report published by news website VietNamNet. Vedan has inspected and assessed the damage by itself and it is much less than the level suggested by the study, he said.
An official in Ba Ria-Vung Tau said early this month that provincial farmers will approach the court to claim compensation from Vedan.