Sugar firm fined for untreated wastewater discharge

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The environmental authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai Sunday said they have fined a local company VND150 million (US$7,708) for discharging untreated wastewater into a river.


The Department of Natural Resources and Environment also ordered Quang Ngai Sugar Joint Stock Company to pay another VND278 million ($14,285) in overdue environmental protection fees by the provincial People's Committee.


The company's crime was discovered in early May when tons of assorted marine creatures and thousands of ducks were found dead along the Tra Khuc River.


According to the department, the company has been asked to pay compensation to farmers in Son Tinh District and Quang Ngai Town who have claimed damages worth nearly VND4 billion ($205,549).


Meanwhile, environment police in the southern province of Ca Mau Sunday fined two companies a total of VND125 million ($6,423) for releasing improperly-treated wastewater into environment.


Kim Hong Co. Ltd. and Quoc Thanh Viet Trung Biochemical Technology Co. were also ordered to deal with consequences of their violations within ten days.

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