After 42 investigations conducted in the first seven months of 2018, the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment has detected many companies discharging wastewater with residual substances exceeding regulatory standards. Although authorities imposed harsh sentences, those companies deliberately committed and repeated violations several times.
According to Tran Dang Anh, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, 26 companies have been found violating regulations on environmental protection. AOCC Vietnam Company and Thuan Phat Packaging Company, for example, were fined more than VND400 million ($17,200) each for illegal waste disposal.
Wastewater samples collected from the sewage discharged by these companies show excessive levels of pollutants including NH4 , Coliform and BOD5.
Phu Sy Nutrition in An Thi district discharged untreated wastewater ten times with levels of Coliform bacteria 80 times higher than regulated.
The wastewater contaminates the province’s river and canal systems, especially the Bac Hung Hai irrigation across districts of Van Lam, My Hao, Van Giang and Yen My. Vast areas of agricultural land in those districts have also been abandoned for a long time as no plants or animals can survive the pollution.
The provincial People’s Committee has tasked the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to collaborate with related agencies to tighten management on companies violating regulations of environmental protection and suspend the operations of companies which commit violations more than once. The lead recycling village of Dong Mai and plastic recycling village of Minh Khai in Van Lam district are also put under control in an effort to restore the environment.