Sonadezi wastewater is toxic: police

The Sonadezi Company in Long Thanh Industrial Zone in the southern province of Dong Nai has been releasing wastewater containing toxic substances ten times higher than permitted levels into the Dong Nai River for several years, police investigators said Friday.

Official taking wastewater samples for testing from the Ba Cheo Canal that is facing pollution from untreated wastewater spewing from the Sonadezi Company (Photo: VnExpress)

The Environment Protection Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security said the company discharged a total volume of 5,000 to 10,000 cubic meters of toxic wastewater per day into the Ba Cheo Canal, which then flows into the Dong Nai River.

Toxic substances such as Cadmium and Zinc have been found in wastewater samples collected from the company at various times.

Environment officials also discovered that the company had not followed regulations as asked for in the environmental impact report submitted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The company has not been operating its waste treatment plant under required conditions and intentionally concealed all wrong actions.

The above conclusions matched results made by both the inspection team from the environmental ministry and its branch in Dong Nai Province.

Officials from the Dong Nai branch and the environment officials are continually monitoring pollution effects on the flora, fauna and water bodies surrounding the Ba Cheo Canal.

Earlier this month, it was discovered that the company had been dumping untreated wastewater into the Dong Nai River, unchecked for the past several years. 

By H.Nam – Translated by Hai Mien

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