Hazardous Waste Found in Bulk at HCMC Port

Investigators inspect blocks of imported waste at Sai Gon Port, October, 2, 2007. (Photo: Thanh Nien Newspaper)

The Environmental Police Bureau and customs officers discovered 343 tons of toxic used plastic at Phuoc Long Port in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

The hazardous waste had been imported by the Nghe Phong Trading Company of Ben Luc District, Long An Province.

The company’s customs declaration described the multi-colored plastic as unused polyethylene.
Not so, according to the cops who were nearly overcome by the foul odor emanating from the obviously recycled plastic.

So far, the authorities have detected four cases of hazardous waste coming into the country through Ho Chi Minh City’s ports, with the volume in each case reaching into the hundreds of tons.
   

By Nguyen Vinh - Translated by Da Thao

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