Tay Ninh authorities have fined a private hospital VND1.4 billion (US$62,300) for illegally dumping 63 tons of untreated medical waste at a vacant residential site in the southern province.
A truck that Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital hired to transport the waste has been seized.
The fine was high because the violation involved the hospital director and several employees, the province people’s committee said.
Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital was also ordered to pay nearly VND500 million to the Hue Phuong Green Environment Company for carrying out tests, excavating the waste and treating the environment.
On June 25 the environmental police had caught two guards from Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital trying to bury sacks of placentas, used needles, bandages and blood collection tubes.
The hospital claimed to have buried only six tons of untreated medical wastes, but excavations found 63 tons.
According to the province environment department, the hospital has a waste treatment contract with a local company, which only comes around every two months.
The hospital plans to build an incinerator to burn its daily waste, but the department has not approved the design for failing to meet technical standards.