City counts losses as businesses default on environmental fees

Around 10 percent of businesses in Ho Chi Minh City do not pay environmental protection fees running into hundreds of billions of dong every year, a deputy head of the Sub-department of Environment Protection said.

Thu Duc Steel Joint Stock Company, one of the many companies in HCMC that default on paying environmental protection fees (Photo: SGGP)

After Sai Gon Giai Phong reported October 30 about businesses’ failure to pay the fees, his sub-department had written to companies several times as well as dispatched officials to demand payment but in vain, deputy head of the Sub-department of Environment Protection  Nguyen Minh Hoang said.

It raises the question if city authorities have any way of dealing with them.

Mr Hoang said in most cases businesses get away with paying a penalty of less than VND1 million for failing to pay the fees.

His sub-department has petitioned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to stiffen the fine but it has yet to do so, he said.

It plans to send officials over to defaulting companies a further three times before reporting to the People’s Committee to take action, Mr Hoang said.

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By Ai Van – Translated by Nguyet Que

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