Vietnam

Call for rethink on hydro-power plants

Date of Release: 
Nov 25 2013

Four non-government organisations (NGOs) have called on the National Assembly for tighter controls on hydro-power plants to prevent loss of lives and widespread damage during storms.

The recommendation was made by the Viet Nam River Network (VRN), People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), Centre for Sustainable Development of Water Resources and Adaptation to Climate Change (CEWAREC), and the Centre for Promotion of Integrated Water Resources Management (CIWAREM).

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Ships seized for dumping mud into Ha Long Bay

Date of Release: 
Nov 26 2013

Quang Ninh authorities have intercepted two ships in the act of illegally discharging mud into Ha Long Bay.

About 300cu.m of the mud was alleged to have been dumped into the sea. Two men arrested admitted that they were hired by the Hai Phong-based Tan Viet Co Ltd to transport the mud from Cai Lan Port to the bay.

The two ships have been held in port at Ha Long City's Doan Wharf for further investigation.

The Ha Long Bay Management Board has sent a document asking Cai Lan Port to control dredging to prevent ships from releasing waste into the bay.

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Statue of Unity: Detailed environment scrutiny sought

Date of Release: 
Nov 19 2013

The Statue of Unity project of the Gujarat government has raised concerns over the potential environmental impact on surrounding areas.

A group of 24 citizens, organizations and environmental activists have written a petition to the secretary, ministry of environment and forests, and to the Gujarat Environment Impact Assessment Authority, demanding a detailed environmental scrutiny of project.

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Hydro-power plants have negative impacts

Date of Release: 
Nov 18 2013

LAM DONG — Hydro-power projects located in areas of ecological varieties have affected the ecological system and caused losses of water-head protective forests.

The assessment was heard at a conference on the protection of Dong Nai River Basin held in Da Lat last Friday.

Hydro-power projects located on the upper sections of the regional rivers have negative impacts to the water environment and cause floods in the lower section, said Nguyen Van Thanh from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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VNA rumbles polluting paper firm

Date of Release: 
Nov 11 2013

A paper production company in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan has continued to discharge untreated waste water into the Cau River despite having been fined in late August, causing concerns for local residents.

Under observation of a Vietnam News Agency correspondent on Thursday, Bac Kan Forestry Products Joint Stock Company continues to discharge black-coloured waste water directly into the Cau River in Duc Xuan Commune, Bac Kan Township.

The frothy water had a terrible odour and is polluting a large section of the river.

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Controversial Dong Nai 5 and Dong Nai 6A hydropower projects rejected

Date of Release: 
Oct 30 2013

The information was released by the National Assembly Committee on Science, Technology and Environment, at the 7th plenary meeting to examine the government report on reviewing the hydropower development master plan in Hanoi on October 26. This report will be submitted to the National Assembly this morning, October 30.

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MoIT asked to rethink hydro-power plants

Date of Release: 
Sep 27 2013

The Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to re-consider the development plans of hydro-power projects No 6 and 6A and others along the Dong Nai River.

The request is part of a document giving the PM's response to a petition by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) on the negative impacts these projects would have on the Dong Nai River Basin.

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Pesticide maker fined for dumping

Date of Release: 
Sep 19 2013

Nicotex Thanh Thai Joint Stock Company, which was recently found dumping untreated hazardous chemicals in the central province of Thanh Hoa's Cam Van Commune, received a fine of over VND421 million (US$20,000).

The province People's Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Quyen said on Wednesday that the committee had decided to punish the pesticide manufacturer for violating environmental protection regulations, causing a bad smell and polluting the surrounding environment.

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Wetland villagers worry about unpredictable future

Date of Release: 
Sep 4 2013

Beneath a two-storey traditional wooden house, a group of Champassak housewives sit back and wonder what has happened to their food security in one of the richest wetland areas in the country.

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Vietnamese environment law revision lifts green ethos

Date of Release: 
Aug 20 2013

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen has urged that environmental planning must be part of the country's plans for socio-economic development.

Speaking at a conference earlier this month on a revision to the Law of Environmental Protection (2005), the Minister said the focus would create a better foundation for the implementation of environmental protection measures.

"This is a key measure to better the legal framework for environmental protection," he said.

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