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​Korean company fined for dumping waste illegally in southern Vietnam

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 20:30 GMT+7
​Korean company fined for dumping waste illegally in southern Vietnam
The landfill of Kbec Vina, in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A foreign business responsible for treating waste in a coastal region in southern Vietnam has received a two-fold punishment for their excessive discharge of toxic liquid waste.

Kbec Vina, a South Korean company in Tan Thanh District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, is required to pay nearly VND700 million (US$31,000) as the first penalty for the disposal.

It also has to stop the dumping of liquid waste within three months since the quality of its treated waste water does not meet standards.

Accordingly during the time span, it must store all the future processed waste water in leak-proof tested tanks and upgrade its facilities.

People search for usable objects at the landfill of Kbec Vina, in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
People search for usable objects at the landfill of Kbec Vina, in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

In December 2017, environment police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province found wrongdoings at the company’s waste facility.

It was unleashing a large amount of harmful liquid waste into a river, from 200 to roughly 400 cubic meters during the entire day.

The figure goes beyond the allowed level by two to three times.

The punitive decision from the local government was issued on Monday.

A representative from the business said it has reported the punishment to the parent company in South Korea and the fine will be paid in a few days.

Kbec Vina is tasked with treating waste by the landfill method in accordance with an agreement signed with the provincial People’s Committee, which spends about $17 on every metric ton of garbage processed.

The amount of waste collected in the province averagely reaches 650 metric tons a day.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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