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Steel company found discharging untreated waste into environment in southern Vietnam

Steel company found discharging untreated waste into environment in southern Vietnam

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 15:57 GMT+7
Steel company found discharging untreated waste into environment in southern Vietnam
Police officers inspect Thuan Phat Steel Export-Import JSC in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2021. Photo: B. A. / Tuoi Tre

Police in Dong Nai Province said on Tuesday that they were working on paperwork to handle a steel company for discharging untreated wastewater into the environment and disposing of solid waste at the wrong place, causing environmental pollution.

Police officers in the southern Vietnamese province's Xuan Loc District caught Thuan Phat Steel Export-Import JSC in the act of releasing the waste, which was discharged by burning beverage cans in three furnaces to turn out aluminum, into a lake on the company’s premises at around 6:30 pm on October 22.

In addition, the firm was found dumping iron and steel scrap at a prohibited place.

Police made a record of the violations and confiscated 25.5 metric tons of solid waste, which is suspected as hazardous, 486 metric tons of aluminum scrap compressed into blocks, and about 2,400 cubic meters of aluminum cans.

They also coordinated with the Technical Center for Natural Resources and Environment under the Dong Nai Department of Natural Resources and Environment to collect one sample of exhaust gas, two samples of water, and two samples of solid waste released in production at the company for testing.

The functional forces requested the company implement temporary remedial measures and stop discharging hazardous wastes into the environment. 

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