Ho Chi Minh City waste treatment complex developer fined $60,000 for multiple violations


Updated : 06/10/2017 12:34 GMT + 7

The developer and operator of the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex, has been slapped with a hefty fine for violating multiple regulations.

The Vietnam Waste Solutions Co. (VWS) was fined VND1.5 billion (US$66,000) for five different offences, Nguyen Van Tai, head of the Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said on Friday.

The first violation involves the company’s inability to process the required amount of 6,080 cubic meter of waste water per day. At the time of the investigation, the firm only met the capacity of 4,280 cubic meters per day.

VWS also failed to upgrade their hard-waste facility from 3,000 tons per day to 10,000 tons per days as required.

Due to the substandard facility, Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex currently holds an excess of 700,000 cubic meter of liquid waste dripping from hard garbage, causing pollution when they leaked to surrounding areas.

The second violation involves the firm’s failure to provide adequate evaluation reports regarding the waste storing and processing procedures.

Failing to obtain the approval for one of the premises constitutes the third violation. VWS has operated its hard-waste treatment facility along with an unapproved environmental protection structure since March 2015.

The last two violations involve the company’s releasing waste water from 1.5 to nearly 3 times over the limit in two different categories.

VWS is required to submit its plan to rectify all the violations to the Vietnam Environment Administration and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment by the end of this month.

The company is also requested to report their correctional progress by August 31 to the two said bodies.

Large piles of unprocessed waste at the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex were responsible for causing foul smell to southern Ho Chi Minh City in August last year.

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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 dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). 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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