Vietnam's leading fruit chips maker Vinamit temporarily suspended operations of its factory on Tuesday after it was found releasing untreated wastewater into a public drainage system last week.
While the suspension would make the company suffer losses of VND15-20 billion (US$770,020-1.02 million) a day, it would only resume after it has resolved the environment problems, Vinamit board chairman Nguyen Lam Vien said Monday.
Last Friday, Binh Duong's environmental police found Vinamit had set up a pump some 50 meters from its wastewater treatment plant to dump wastewater into a land area within its precincts as well as the drainage system of National Road No.13.
Vinamit representatives first insisted that the wastewater was already treated, but initial investigation showed that it was yellow and smelly, prompting police to send two samples for further tests.
In July, 2009, Vinamit was caught dumping wastewater which wasn't treated or treated improperly into the environment.
Locals, meanwhile, have complained that its wastewater, including used cooking oil, has overflowed on to the road many times, causing many people slip and fall.