Nghe An company fined $25,600 for pollution
Le Hong Vinh, Vice Chairman of Nghe An Provincial People's Committee, issued a decision on Monday to fine Nghe An Urban Construction and Environment Joint Stock Company VND594 million (US$25,600) for pollution.
|Nghi Yen solid waste treatment complex is owned by Nghệ An Urban Construction and Environment Joint Stock Company. Photo news.zing.vn|
The company violated regulations, discharging waste water exceeding the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD – the amount of dissolved oxygen needed) technical standard by 21 times and the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD – the total measurement of all chemicals in the water that can be oxidised) standard 16 times.
The company must handle environmental pollution and meet national technical standards on waste water for solid-waste burial sites before discharging waste.
The company must report back on the results of its efforts to deal with pollution in the next six months.
Previously, people living near Nghi Yen solid waste treatment complex in Nghi Yen Commune, Nghi Loc District informed local authorities the complex was seriously polluting the surrounding area and negatively affecting the lives of local people.
Nghi Yen solid waste treatment complex project belongs to Nghe An Urban Construction and Environment Joint Stock Company. The complex collects and treats waste for the city of Vinh and neighbouring districts of Nghe An Province.
The complex was put into operation in December, 2012.
Wastewater leaking from the complex and flowing into residential areas led to fouls smalls and seriously polluted living environments, forcing many households to move to other places.