Residents want to shut down polluting steel plant

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Dozens of people Friday gathered in front of a steel plant in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau demanding that it be shut down for pollution violations.

The demonstrators also tried to prevent trucks carrying materials from entering the plant of Thep Viet Company at Phu My Industrial Park, local news website VietNamNet reported.

They came to the plant carrying a sign that read “Thep Viet Plant causes pollution and needs to be shut down. Save us.”

Following the gathering, the authorities came to the plant for inspections.

Thep Viet Company Friday explained that strong winds blew dust from the plant into the residents’ houses. The company promised to solve the problem soon.

The residents, however, did not agree. They asked authorities to close the plant or relocate them to other areas unaffected by the pollution.

They said the plant had affected their lives for three years. Although its managers promised to eliminate the noise and air pollution by the end of last year, the situation had yet to improve, they said.

Local authorities have yet to make a decision on the case.

Source: Thanh Nien

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