Company fined $44,000 for breaking environmental laws

The central province of Nghe An has published the decision made by inspectors of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). The inspectors had conducted a check at the Nghe Tinh Metal Color JSC to see if it was following environmental protection and mineral mining laws after the incident. On March 9, the dam holding tin waste owned by the Chau Thanh commune-based Suoi Bac Tin Processing Factory, a subsidiary of the Nghe Tinh Metal Color JSC, broke, and a large volume of mud and sewage from the dam flowed down into Nam Huong stream. Soon after, local fish breeders from neighbouring Chau Quang commune reported mass fish deaths in the stream. Responding to the complaints, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Dac Vinh directed local authorities to quickly investigate, collect samples, analyse pollution levels, and assess the level of violations. The MoNRE, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Nghe An province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Department of Environmental Police inspected the dam collapse site to collect water, mud and waste samples. Test results showed contamination. Investigations revealed that though the Nghe Tinh Metal Color JSC had been doing mineral mining in Suoi Bac area for nearly four years, it had not received certification for adopting environmental protection measures as per the requirements of the Nghe An province People’s Committee.... [read more]

A worker collects water samples at the dam collapse site in the central province of Nghe An. (Photo: vov.vn) Nghe An (VNA) - Nghe Tinh Metal Color Joint Stock Company will have to pay a fine of 1 billion VND (44,000 USD) for a dam collapse incident in March and violation of environmental laws. The central province of Nghe An has published the decision made by inspectors of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). The inspectors had conducted a check at the Nghe Tinh Metal Color JSC to see if it was following environmental protection and mineral mining laws after the incident. On March 9, the dam holding tin waste owned by the Chau Thanh commune-based Suoi Bac Tin Processing Factory, a subsidiary of the Nghe Tinh Metal Color JSC, broke, and a large volume of mud and sewage from the dam flowed down into Nam Huong stream. Soon after, local fish breeders from neighbouring Chau Quang commune reported mass fish deaths in the stream. Responding to the complaints, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Dac Vinh directed local authorities to quickly investigate, collect samples, analyse pollution levels, and assess the level of violations. The MoNRE, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Nghe An province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Department of Environmental Police inspected the dam collapse site to collect water, mud and waste samples. Test results showed contamination. Investigations revealed that though the Nghe…... [read more]

In the first half of this year, a number of major economic groups such as the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) have loosened their management over the use of toxic waste. In a typical case, Vinashin’s Cuu Long Joint Stock Company imported 21 transformers from the Republic of Korea (RoK) with manufacture dates from 1960-1980. Of that number, three contained PBC waste oil (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls) which is very harmful to people and the environment. The remainder were old and even deformed. Although the import of waste materials and wreckage from old ships has lessened since 2007, they continue to pass through ports in Hai Phong, Quanh Ninh and HCM City. Many organisations and individuals are granted permits for collecting and treating waste but violate waste management regulations when signing contracts with other businesses, which are not involved in waste treatment. The illegal disposal of construction waste has occurred frequently in major cities, particularly in Hanoi, causing anger among the population. At present, 70 percent of 192 industrial parks have no waste treatment system for solid and water waste and 31 out of 33 businesses face the same situation. Most industrial parks do not comply with requirements to assess the impact on the environment and also exploit underground water resources illegally. In addition, the number of violations in the protection of wild animals is on the rise along with raising wild animal without being supervised relevant agencies. The trade and transport of large numbers…... [read more]

The Ba Be National Park in the northern province of Bac Kan was chosen as it has many species of fauna and flora, many of them in danger of extinction and needed protected. Ha Van Khoat, Director of the Provincial Department of Public Security, said that environment protection in the cause of socio-economic development is a global issue. Bac Kan province is proud to have the largest natural forest area in the Northeastern region with 3 bio-diversity zones including the Ba Be National Park, Kim Hy and Nam Xuan Lac conservation areas. For this reason, the Department is always ready to publicise information on environment protection to raise public awareness and work closely with related agencies to prevent and handle any violations of environmental law. The director of the Ba Be National Park, Nong The Dien, said that it is home for more than 1280 species of flora, 77 of which are under threat of extinction. It also has 553 types of vertebrates and over 400 kinds of butterflies, 20 of them newly discovered in Vietnam and 63 listed in Vietnam’s Red Book. 44 varieties of butterflies were also listed in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red Book in 2004. At the meeting, the Vice Chairman of the Bac Kan Provincial People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Du, confirmed that the province makes a lot of effort to protect the environment as this is crucial for the province’s sustainable development.... [read more]

The PM showed the government’s strong resolve at a national conference in Hanoi on January 6-7 to implement socio-economic development and budgetary tasks for 2010. He said despite the global economic recession in 2009, Vietnam reversed its economic downturn, secured a relatively high growth rate, and ensured balance throughout the economy. These positive results will help Vietnam a achieve higher growth in 2010, said Mr Dung. To this end, he asked ministries, sectors and localities to mobilise all resources for investment in development and increase production capacity oriented towards developing high technology so as to support economic restructuring efforts. He recommended that ministries, provinces and cities accelerate decentralisation while ironing out snags in administrative procedures to speed up the disbursement of capital for development projects. He also urged them to work hard on land acquisition for the country’s key transport projects. He assigned the Ministry of Science and Technology, along with relevant ministries and agencies, to pay special attention to conducting scientific and technological research projects and applying them to reality in the next 5-10 years to increase the quality and competitiveness of the national economy. The PM requested the designated agencies improve the quality of education-training and healthcare services, solve pressing issues of public concern, strengthen environmental protection, and minimise the effects of natural disasters and climate change. At the same time, he said, they should expand external relations, strengthen national defence and security, and maintain social order and safety. Another important task is to increase the efficiency of…... [read more]

During the meeting, Mr Khurshid expressed his admiration for the Vietnamese people’s past struggle for independence and their present-day national construction. He said India is willing to share with Vietnam its rich experiences in devising maritime and environmental law as well as in applying information technology to court and justice management. For his part, Mr Phuc said Vietnam pays much attention to training human resources and expressed hope that India will assist Vietnam to train judicial staff. In another meeting, Shantanu Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of Ishan International Pvt.Ltd, called on Vietnamese businesses to invest in the Indian market. He said no Vietnamese businesses have set up any office in India whereas Indian businesses have established more than 70 offices in Vietnam. Srivastava affirmed that it will benefit Vietnamese businesses to operate in India because this market is large and has cheap labour. While meeting with representatives of India’s Tata, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Le Dung promised to introduce Tata to a list of Vietnam’s thermal power projects. Mr Dung said the Vietnamese government is keen on the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) mode. The same day, Deputy PM Phuc met with culture researcher Geetesh Sharma, a great friend of Vietnam, who wrote several books about President Ho Chi Minh and cultural similarities between India and Vietnam.... [read more]

The symposium, entitled “To prevent and combat violations of environmental law through imports-exports”, drew police from 24 border and sea port provinces and cities as well as representatives from the customs service, and veterinary and natural resources and environment sectors. The participants called upon relevant agencies to soon complete a legal corridor to block imports of scrap materials and equipment by issuing regulations to stop the inflow of obsolete and outdated technology. They also called for stronger international cooperation in the battle, to stem the trafficking of waste and unwanted materials from other countries. They emphasised the need to establish a mechanism for exchanging information and promoting cooperation among police, customs officers, market management agencies and border guards in this battle. They complained that the current coordination between environmental police and other responsible agencies is still too loose, leading to inefficient results in the fight against environment-related crime. The environmental police reported that millions of tonnes of commodities have been imported through almost 60 border gates and 49 seaports, including cargo which threatens the environment, such as industrial and toxic waste. Colonel and Dr Nguyen Xuan Ly, Head of the Environmental Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said his staff, in coordination with other responsible agencies, has detected 2,575 cases where environmental regulations were violated, including 200 cases regarding imports-exports. Police have levied fines to the tune of VND142 billion and forced offenders to re-export or destroy some 20,000 tonnes of assorted waste.... [read more]

The factory will be built on area of 40 hectares in Thai Thuy district at a total cost of nearly US$280 million. According to its design, the factory will have two major workshops, producing nitric acid and ammonium nitrate with technologies bought from Europe. Waste from the factory will be treated with environmentally-friendly biological methods that meet European standards. Construction of the factory is expected to begin in November 2011, while it is hoped production will commence in early 2014. At the license-granting ceremony, leaders of Thai Binh province stressed that the project will bring socio-economic results and help ensure national power security. The provincial officials also highlighted the need to strictly comply with stipulations of the Environmental Law and to prevent the danger of fire or explosion during production.... [read more]

Viet Nam News ĐẮK LẮK - Only around 100 wild elephants, and an additional 60 in captivity, remain in Việt Nam, with most living in Đắk Lắk, Đồng Nai and Nghệ An provinces, a conference on elephant conservation heard on Wednesday. At the three-day event in the Central Highland province of Đắk Lắk, which ends on Friday, the Việt Nam Administration of Forestry said elephants in the country face a high risk of extinction. According to the agency, the natural habitat for elephants is diminishing; resulting in an increased number of clashes between the animals and humans, while the poaching of elephants for their tusks continues. The domesticated elephants are aging and not a single one has reproduced over the last few years. To address the situation, the Vietnamese Government has issued several policies aimed at preserving the domestic elephant herd, including a master plan for 2013-2020. Deputy Director General of the Việt Nam Administration of Forestry, Cao Chí Công, said he hoped managers and experts would share their experiences and propose solutions to protect and develop the elephant population in Việt Nam. Erin Ivory, an expert on animal care, urged measures to stop poaching and ensure the natural living habitat for elephants. For the domesticated elephants, she suggested improving health care for them and limiting the use of the animals in tourism. The expert also proposed more efforts to help them breed. Representatives from international organisations and experts presented their research on the management of elephants in captivity and…... [read more]

Dak Lak (VNA) – There are only 60 domestic elephants and around 100 wild ones alive in Vietnam, with most of them living in Dak Lak, Dong Nai and Nghe An provinces, it was reported at a conference on elephant conservation on January 11. At the event in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak, the Vietnam Administration of Forestry said the elephants in the country are facing a high risk of extinction. According to the agency, the natural habitat for elephants is diminishing resulting in increasing clashes between the animals and humans, while poaching of elephants for their tusks has not been stopped. The domesticated elephants are aging and not a single one of them has reproduced during the past many years. To address the situation, the Vietnamese government has issued several policies aimed at preserve the domestic elephant herd, including a master plan for 2013-2020. Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry Cao Chi Cong said he hopes managers and experts will share experience and propose solutions to protect and develop the elephant population in Vietnam. Erin Ivory, an expert on animal care, urged measures to stop poaching and ensure the natural living habitat for elephants. For the domesticated elephants, she suggested improving health care for them and limiting the use of the animals in tourism. The expert also proposed more efforts to help them breed. Representatives from international organisations and experts presented their research on the management of elephants in captivity and the use of…... [read more]




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