Scientists survey environment in sea area targeted for dumping

VietNamNet Bridge – Nghe Tinh Metal Color Joint Stock Company will have to pay a fine of VND1 billion (US$44,000) for a dam collapse incident in March and the violation of environmental laws. A worker collecting water samples at the dam collapse site in the central province of Nghe Tinh. – Photo vov.vn The central province of Nghe An’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday published the decision made by inspectors of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). Inspectors had conducted a check at 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 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 the neighbouring Chau Quang Commune reported mass fish in the stream. Responding to the complaints, Nghe An Province’s Party Secretary Nguyen Dac Vinh directed local authorities to quickly investigate, collect samples, analyse pollution levels, and assess the level of violations. The MoNRE, 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 Nghe Tinh Metal Color JSC had been doing mineral mining in…... [read more]

The PM appreciated Samsung’s investment in Vietnam with its high committed capital and disbursement ratio. He especially praised the technology’s commitment to exporting 50 billion USD worth of products this year. He said that he is impressed with Samsung’s operation in Vietnam, which focuses on not only research and development (R&D) but also manufacturing and assembly. He hailed the firm for improving the living conditions for employees and workers and reaching a localisation rate of 57 percent for their products. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) visits Samsung Electronics Vietnam Thai Nguyen  The Government leader thanked the group for its contributions to Vietnam’s development, asking it to remain a role model in doing long-term business in the country. Samsung was also urged to pay more attention to the living conditions of workers and environmental protection while setting an example for other businesses. The PM also asked the group, as the biggest foreign-invested company in Vietnam, to create favourable conditions for local businesses to develop support industries and provide necessary services. Since it started operating in 2014, SEVT has increased its capital and revenue by 250 times to 5 billion USD and 20.4 billion USD. IT is a member of Samsung Electronics Vietnam, which contributed 20 percent of the country’s exports in 2016 (39.9 billion USD). Samsung Vietnam targets an export turnover of 50 billion USD and a localisation rate of 57 percent for its products, which are supplied by…... [read more]

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly valued Samsung’s investment activities in Viet Nam, with its high registered capital and disbursement ratio, as well as its commitment to exporting over US$50 billion worth of products this year. Photo: VGP Addressing a working session with the Samsung Electronics Viet Nam Thai Nguyen (SEVT) on July 26, the Government leader said he was impressed by Samsung’s operations, which focus on not only assembly but also research and development (R&D) in Viet Nam. He hailed the firm for paying attention to training officials and workers, improving the living conditions of employees and obtaining an impressive localization rate of 57% for its products. Thanking Samsung for its contributions to Viet Nam’s development, PM Phuc asked the company to remain as a role model in conducting long-term business in the country, and to continue caring for the living conditions of workers and environmental protection whilst setting an example for other businesses in the issue. Samsung was also encouraged to create conditions for Vietnamese businesses to participate in providing it with other necessary services. Concerning the issue of Samsung washing machines manufactured in Viet Nam under a dumping investigation in the U.S. market, the PM voiced his support for Samsung and assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to carry out the necessary procedures to protect the business as well as its achievements in Viet Nam. SEVT is a member of Samsung Electronics Viet Nam, which has contributed over 20% of the country’s total export revenues. Since it began operations in 2014, SEVT has expanded its staff by 700 times, to 66,500 employees, and increased its…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Samsung Electronics Viet Nam Thai Nguyen LLC (SEVT) during his business trip to the northern province of Thai Nguyen on Wednesday. —VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Samsung Electronics Viet Nam Thai Nguyen LLC (SEVT) during his business trip to the northern province of Thai Nguyen on Wednesday. The PM Phuc spoke highly of Samsung’s investment in Viet Nam with its high ratio of committed capital and disbursement. He especially praised the technology group’s commitment to achieve $50 billion in exports in 2017. Phuc said that he was impressed with Samsung’s work in Viet Nam. He praised the company’s focus on research and development (R&D) in addition to manufacturing and assembly, and he thanked the firm for improving the living conditions for employees and workers and reaching a localization rate of 57 per cent for their products. Phuc said that the Government and Thai Nguyen Province’s authorities would provide all needed conditions to help Samsung succeed in Viet Nam and become the electronics hub in the country. He also shared his great appreciation for the efforts and contributions of Samsung to Viet Nam’s socio-economic development. He said that as the biggest foreign-invested company in Viet Nam, Samsung must remain a role model in the country, continue to focus on the living conditions of employees, environmental protection and set an example for other businesses. Since it started operating in 2014, SEVT has…... [read more]

Many large cities in Vietnam are struggling with a slew of acute environmental problems such as air pollution, according to a report on Vietnam’s urban environment by the Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Many motorcyclists wear facemasks to protect themselves from traffic smoke on a road in Hanoi. Hanoi is the most polluted city in Vietnam as dust concentration is two or three times higher than permitted, especially on the main roads in the city. Deputy head of the administration Hoang Duong Tung said levels of pollution are different in different cities and depend on city size, population density, traffic density and construction pace. Traffic, construction and household activities are blamed for air pollution in Hanoi. The capital now has four million vehicles, a key source of air pollution. An environment report conducted by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities in the U.S. also said Hanoi was among the heavily polluted cities in the world. Other major cities and provinces such as HCMC, Haiphong and Quang Ninh are also mentioned in the report. Cities discharge 38,000 tons of solid waste a day with an annual growth rate of 12%. The waste is mainly treated by burying and burning but most landfills and incinerators do not meet standards, Tung added. Air pollution in large cities is also attributed to toxic gases released from the burning of plastic bags. Hanoi and HCMC discharge about 80 tons of plastic bags a day. Vietnam had 795 cities and…... [read more]

Hanoi, July 25 (VNA) - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is going ahead with its plan to increase environmental protection tax on petroleum from the current 1,000-4,000 VND to 3,000-8,000 VND per litre, despite objections from other ministries and the public.  In its second draft of the Law on Environmental Protection Taxes announced last week, the ministry proposed a tax hike on fuel consumption of 3,000-6,000 VND per litre for aviation fuel, 1,500-4,000 VND per litre for diesel, 300-2,000 VND per litre for kerosene, and 900-4,000 VND per kg for mazut.  If the new tax rate is applied, the price of gasoline at the pumps will rise to around 22,000 VND (roughly 1 USD) per litre from the average price at the pump of around 16,000-17,000 VND for petrol and 10,000-11,000 VND for diesel and mazut, respectively, analysts said.  The Ministry of Transport (MoT) told the Ministry of Finance (MoF) that Vietnam would apply two petroleum quality standards based on the Euro 2 and Euro 4 emission standards, suggesting that the MoF set a lower environmental protection tax for Euro 4, which cleans emissions from diesel cars, to encourage the production of more eco-friendly petroleum.  The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) said the calculation of environmental protection tax on fuel should encourage E5 bio-fuel consumption.  The Vietnam Petroleum Association (VINPA) has supported the MoF’s tax proposal, though it has pointed out that the maximum tax of 8,000 VND per litre is too high.  The VINPA has suggested…... [read more]

Customers purchase petrol at a station in Hanoi (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is going ahead with its plan to increase environmental protection tax on petroleum from the current 1,000-4,000 VND to 3,000-8,000 VND per litre, despite objections from other ministries and the public. In its second draft of the Law on Environmental Protection Taxes announced last week, the ministry proposed a tax hike on fuel consumption of 3,000-6,000 VND per litre for aviation fuel, 1,500-4,000 VND per litre for diesel, 300-2,000 VND per litre for kerosene, and 900-4,000 VND per kg for mazut. If the new tax rate is applied, the price of gasoline at the pumps will rise to around 22,000 VND (roughly 1 USD) per litre from the average price at the pump of around 16,000-17,000 VND for petrol and 10,000-11,000 VND for diesel and mazut, respectively, analysts said. The Ministry of Transport (MoT) told the Ministry of Finance (MoF) that Vietnam would apply two petroleum quality standards based on the Euro 2 and Euro 4 emission standards, suggesting that the MoF set a lower environmental protection tax for Euro 4, which cleans emissions from diesel cars, to encourage the production of more eco-friendly petroleum. The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) said the calculation of environmental protection tax on fuel should encourage E5 bio-fuel consumption. The Vietnam Petroleum Association (VINPA) has supported the MoF’s tax proposal, though it has pointed out that the maximum tax of 8,000 VND…... [read more]

NDO – The Power Generation Corporation No. 3 (EVNGENCO 3) on July 24 announced its decision to establish the Thai Binh Thermal Power Company, which will be in charge of managing and operating the Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant. The company is based on the labour force of the management board of the Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant project, aiming to serve the safe, continuous and effective operation of the plant, while seeking optimal production costs and the improvement of business production efficiency. The Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant, located in Thai Binh province’s Thai Thuy district, is one of the Government’s key projects, with Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) as its investor and EVNGENCO 3 as its management advisory unit, represented by the management board. Its projected cost is estimated at over VND26 trillion (US$1.14 billion) with an installed capacity of 600 megawatts (2x300MW) and an annual power output of approximately 3.6 billion kWh. This is the first large-scale thermal power plant to be designed by a Vietnamese advisory unit. After over three years of construction, the project has now been basically completed. Addressing the event, leaders of EVN and Thai Binh province asked officials and staff of the Thai Binh Thermal Power Company to uphold their responsibilities while effectively carrying out management and operation duties of the plant. The company was requested to strictly comply with regulations on environmental protection ; to optimise production costs; and to manage and use capital and assets in…... [read more]

NDO – Formosa should regard the environmental issue as crucial to its survival, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, during his July 24 working session with leaders of the Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co. Ltd. (FHS), which was responsible for the severe sea environmental incident in four provinces across central Vietnam last year. Addressing the event in Ha Tinh province, the PM noted that despite being the largest foreign investment project in Vietnam, with capital of over US$11 billion, Formosa Ha Tinh also caused the largest environmental disaster the country has ever witnessed. He recognised the efforts exerted by the relevant ministries, sectors and localities in overcoming the consequences of the Formosa-related incident, as well as in ensuring social security and order and the normal socio-economic development activities in the four affected provinces, in the central region. Evaluating the outcomes of Formosa’s incident recovery work, the Government leader said that the company has taken full responsibility and has seriously dealt with the aftermath, with 52 of its 53 basic environmental violations being addressed and a modern environmental treatment system installed. These moves have demonstrated the investor’s determination in their recovery work, whilst affirming the Vietnamese government’s stance of providing favourable conditions for investors to conduct business successfully in the country, he added. The PM asked FHS to apply advanced technologies and modern equipment in its production line, in order to fully address its violations in terms of both machinery and social responsibilities, whilst expressing his belief that the…... [read more]

Customers purchase petrol at a station on Tran Quang Khai Street, Ha Noi. - VNS Photo Thai Ha The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is going ahead with its plan to increase environmental protection tax on petroleum from the current VND1,000-4,000 to VND3,000-8,000 per litre, despite objections from other ministries and the public. In its second draft of the Law on Environmental Protection Taxes announced last week, the ministry proposed a tax hike on fuel consumption of VND3,000-6,000 per litre for aviation fuel, VND1,500-4,000 per litre for diesel, VND300-2,000 per litre for kerosene, and VND900-4,000 per kg for mazut. If the new tax rate is applied, the price of gasoline at the pumps will rise to around VND22,000 (roughly US$1) per litre from the average price at the pump of around VND16,000 to VND17,000 for petrol and VND10,000 to VND11,000 for diesel and mazut, respectively, analysts said. The Ministry of Transport (MoT) told the Ministry of Finance (MoF) that Viet Nam would apply two petroleum quality standards based on the Euro 2 and Euro 4 emission standards, suggesting that the MoF set a lower environmental protection tax for Euro 4, which cleans emissions from diesel cars, to encourage the production of more eco-friendly petroleum. The Viet Nam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) said the calculation of environmental protection tax on fuel should encourage E5 bio-fuel consumption. The Viet Nam Petroleum Association (VINPA) has supported the MoF’s tax proposal, though it has pointed out…... [read more]




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