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Thai firm fined $28,000 for discharging improperly treated wastewater in Vietnam

Thai firm fined $28,000 for discharging improperly treated wastewater in Vietnam

Friday, October 08, 2021, 13:38 GMT+7
Thai firm fined $28,000 for discharging improperly treated wastewater in Vietnam
Fish die en masse in a pond at Phong Dien Industrial Park in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: An Son / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Thua Thien-Hue Province in central Vietnam have fined on a local branch of Thai-owned C.P. Vietnam Corporation VND640 million (US$28,117) for discharging wastewater that did not meet safety requirements into the environment.

C.P.’s Thua-Thien-Hue branch is located at Phong Dien Industrial Park in the province’s Phong Dien Disrict.

Before the fine was announced on Thursday, residents living near the industrial park had complained of mass fish deaths in nearby ponds and canals, leading many to believe that one of the companies operating in the park was discharging untreated wastewater.  

Upon receiving reports of the situation, functional forces determined that the local branch of C.P. Vietnam Corporation had discharged about 734.3 cubic meters of wastewater into the environment.

Samples collected from the firm’s discharge pile system showed that their chemical concentration was many times higher than the national standards stipulated for the aquatic product processing industry.

The People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province thus levied a fine of VND640 million on C.P. Vietnam Corporation.

The committee also requested the firm to take remedial measures, including reviewing and renovating its wastewater treatment systems to ensure they meet the technical requirements on environmental protection.

In addition, the company must pay VND3 million ($132) for the assessment, inspection, measurement, and analysis of wastewater samples.

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