The People’s Committee in the southern province of Dong Nai on Wednesday suspended operations of the AB Mauri Company and the Kim Phong Trading Company for violating environmental regulations.
The AB Mauri Vietnam Company produces yeast in Dinh Quan District and the Kim Phong Trading, Production and Investment Joint Stock Company manufactures tiles in Nhon Trach District of Dong Nai Province.
AB Mauri Vietnam company has been penalized six times since 2009 for releasing wastewater indiscriminately as well as highly polluting exhaust fumes into the atmosphere. Local residents have regularly complained that the company’s waste is affecting their health.
The people’s committee has issued an ultimatum to the company to install a proper waste treatment facility latest by January 31, 2012. By that time if the company fails to comply, the province will force a total shut down of the company.
The Kim Phong Company too has been suspended because of environmental violations and provincial authorities have ordered the company to adopt urgent measures to protect the environment by December 31 at the latest, or face consequences.
In related news, the Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment concluded inspections of the Holcim Vietnam Company, located on 800 hectares in Kien Luong District of Kien Giang Province.
Inspectors found that the environment protection facilities in the plant were not functioning effectively and instead were belching out polluting exhaust fumes, dust particles and wastewater into the environment.
Millions of cubic meters of dust and exhaust fumes are being discharged every day, polluting a large part of the surrounding area.
The ministry has issued a fine of VND80 million (US$3,800) to Holcim and asked it to repair its treatment facility or face consequences by December 31.