Hanoi suffers from lacklustre waste management

Date of Release: 
Jul 7 2014

Speaking at a meeting on waste water treatment last week, Nghi also suggested increasing the fine for environmental violations, arguing the city's pollution levels were caused by a lack of awareness.

Environment pollution and waste water have greatly hindered sustainable development in the capital, according to a report by the Ha Noi's People's Committee unveiled at the meeting.

The report said huge volumes of waste, measuring about 6,500 tonnes per day, were pushing up the price of waste collection and transport to landfill and recycling plants located outside the city.


Ha Noi suffers from poor waste collection

Date of Release: 
Jun 14 2014

They also said leakage of waste water from trucks that collect rubbish from septic tanks in the city pollute the environment.

Additionally, waste collection points are often overloaded with different types of rubbish. Meanwhile, rubbish is often held at collection points for an entire day before being removed to garbage dumps, spreading offensive odors throughout surrounding areas.


HCM City to close part of multi-million dollar waste treatment plant

Date of Release: 
Jun 19 2014

The installation of waste treatment facilities for landfill No. 3 of Phuoc Hiep complex is nearly completed and the landfill has been operating for eight months, but the HCM City government still wants to close it to prevent pollution after local residents lodged many complaints about the landfill.

Locals said that after rains, the awful smell from the landfill covers an area within a radius of 2-3km. Not only air, the water resources also are seriously polluted, and all local canals have turned black.


Hanoi to build nine solid waste plants

Date of Release: 
May 6 2014

The total area of the 17 plants were estimated to be built over more than 580 hectares.

It is the aim of the city's plan to treat solid waste in moving towards fulfilling the vision toward 2050, recently signed by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.

The new solid-waste treatment plants will be located in suburban areas, including Gia Lam District's Phu Dong Commune, Phu Xuyen District's Chau Can Commune, Thanh Oai District's Cao Duong Commune and My Duc District's My Thanh Commune.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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