Vietnamese authorities on Friday fined a member company of the British-owned bakery ingredients and yeast producer AB Mauri VND70 million (US$3,300) for emitting exhaust that failed to meet regulated criteria, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Le Viet Hung, director of Dong Nai Province's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, was quoted as saying that AB Mauri Vietnam Ltd.'s fine was assessed as high as possible, because the company was fined on Jan. 27 2011, for the same violation.
The provincial People's Committee also asked the company to treat its polluting discharges from now until December 25, the news agency reported. During that time, the company will have to decrease its production to 30 percent of its designed capacity.
If AB Mauri Vietnam fails to clear its discharges within the given time, its operations will be suspended, according to the news agency.
Previously, locals proposed authorities suspend or move the company out of its current location, which lies within a residential area in La Nga, Dinh Quan District, the news agency said.