Vietnam

Tay Ninh to suspend polluting firms

Date of Release: 
Jul 18 2014

Tapioca and rubber manufacturers that polluted the environment in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh would be suspended from operations, said the local Department of Natural Resources and Environment director, Nguyen Dinh Xuan.

"There are 74 tapioca and 27 rubber manufacturers in Tay Ninh, but only 31 of them have installed A-level wastewater treatment systems," said Xuan.

The municipal People's Committee had ordered the remaining manufacturers to install the system by late June or face suspension, but they failed to meet the deadline.

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Exhaust fumes take toll on HCM City air quality

Date of Release: 
Jul 16 2014

Air pollution has been a serious problem in HCM City for a long time now, but polluters face no serious punishment because of a toothless Environment Law and lack of adequate equipment to measure the pollution they cause.

Exhaust fumes from vehicles, industry, and construction impact air quality the worst.

According to the latest study, air quality in six out of the city's 12 industrial and processing zones — Cat Lai, Linh Trung 1 and 2, Tan Binh, Tan Tao, and North-western Cu Chi — has worsened since last year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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