Environment watchdog pulls up city industrial park for pollution

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoRE) has recommended to the People’s Committee to fine Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park after inspectors found high levels of pollution in its wastewater and other violations.

Waste water from HCMC’s Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park flows into surrounding canals. Inspectors  have found the park polluting surrounding water bodies because its effluents are not treated properly (Photo: SGGP)

The park has installed treatment facilities from which wastewater flows into surrounding canals but samples DoRe workers took for testing showed they do not meet the required standards.

The inspectors also found 27 out of the park’s 157 factories discharging effluents directly into the environment rather than into the central drainage system.

But park executives tried to cover up the violation, claiming only two factories did this.

The inspectors said 62 percent of companies were found flouting regulations if they made unscheduled checks but the number fell to 42 percent during routine inspections, suggesting wrongdoing.

The DoRE has wrapped up formalities required to fine the industrial zone and Binh Chanh Joint-Stock Construction Company, and has instructed the latter to repair its drainage system.

It has asked the Ho Chi Minh City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority to ensure the work is done and in time. 

By Luong Thien - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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