January 13, 2011

Vietnam Reports Increase in Environmental Violations

Filed under: Asia, Chemicals & Waste, Environmental Crime — Tags: — inece @ 8:57 am

An article in the Viet Nam news published on 10 January 2011 summarizes findings from a report on detections made by the environmental crime police in 2010.

The number of violations of environmental law increased by 43 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The Environmental Crime Prevention and Fighting Police Department said there were more than 6,500 violations of the Environmental Law nationwide, and 88 of them resulted in lawsuits.

Areas for concern highlighted in the article included discharged untreated wastewater and hazardous gas (22% of all violations), rubbish treatment dump areas, and the import of  industrial waste from other countries. The article reports that “[i]n Hai Phong alone, authorities have discovered hundreds of containers of imported garbage, including radioactive materials. Collection and transport, as well as illegal treatment of hazardous waste, such as old lead batteries, waste sludge and waste from metal ore, have occurred in some localities.”

The article reports that “total fines were more than VND52 billion (US$2.6 million)” and that “[a]ccording to department leaders, violators’ methods have become more and more sophisticated, causing difficulties in enforcement.”

The full article is available from the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.

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