Korean firm fined over $22,000 for discharging substandard wastewater

The Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has made a decision to fine Pangrim Neotex Company nearly VND500 million (US$22,420) for discharging substandard wastewater into the environment.

The textile company headquartered in Viet Tri city, the northern province of Phu Tho has three plants including a textile yarn, fibre and dying.

However the administration’s inspectorate found that the textile yarn and fibre plants had no wastewater output measurement devices at their discharge spots.
The company released about 1,950 cubic meters of industrial and household wastewater a day which is collected and handled with a treatment system with the capacity of 5,000 cubic meters a day.

Still, testing results of wastewater samples taken from the firm’s discharge spots into the Red River show that environmental parameters were 1.4-2 time beyond permissible levels.
Besides the fine, the company has been required to stop discharging substandard wastewater into the environment, urgently improve its treatment facility and install automatic wastewater observation system and cameras. Collected data will be transmitted to the Phu Tho province Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

By Anh Phuong – Translated by Hai Mien

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