Metallurgy plant emissions destroy Lào Cai’s pineapple crop

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Update: March, 28/2017 – 17:00

Close to 200 hectares of pineapple and other crops were destroyed owing to emissions from a metallurgy plant in Lào Cai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Tư
Viet Nam News LÀO CAI — Authorities have confirmed emissions from Tứ Đỉnh Joint Stock Company’s metallurgy plant are destroying around 200 hectares of pineapple and other crops in the northern Lào Cai Province’s Mường Khương District.

Last Friday, Dân Trí online newspaper reported that dozens of households in Mường Khương District were in a desperate situation as hundreds of tonnes of pineapples that were ready for harvest had rotted suddenly.

After the local People’s Committee reported the incident, the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment inspected the pineapple farms and found that the leaves of pineapple and tea plants were burnt.

On inspection, officials found that the metallurgy plant lacked the system to prevent the release of the sulphur dioxide (SO2) generated during the production process into the atmosphere. The plant’s emission treatment system did not meet the standards set for metal production.

As a result, when it was cloudy or it rained, the SO2 mixed with water and steam to form the highly corrosive sulphuric acid (H2SO4), damaging all plants and crops in the area, the inspection team said.

Around 197 hectares of farms belonging to 82 households have been affected.

The inspection team also found that some of the plant’s production equipment, said to be imported from China, has no certificates of origin and quality.

On Monday, Lê Ngọc Hưng, deputy head of the provincial People’s Committee, said Lào Cai has ordered the company to halt operations until it fulfils all legal requirements related to its production and emission treatment system, and submits relevant documents to prove it.

The company has also been asked to install a gas monitoring and automatic wastewater controlling system to prevent further environmental damage. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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