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Sugarcane firms suspended over pollution

HA NOI, July 29 — The Viet Nam Environment Administration has decided to suspend the operation of two sugarcane companies for causing serious pollution.

After Tra Vinh Sugarcane JSC and Ca Mau Sugarcane JSC were caught discharging untreated wastewater, they were ordered to deal with the problem before the end of June, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and head of the administration Bui Cach Tuyen. However, they failed to do so, meaning that they would be shut down.

In the first six months of this year, the administration organised four inspections of 29 businesses that caused serious pollution to the environment in Nam Dinh and Da Nang cities and Cao Bang, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces.

According to inspectors, 13 businesses had addressed the problem and 14 others were in the process of doing so.

North Quang Nam Mountainous Area Hospital and Thua Thien-Hue Province's Traditional Medicine Hospital, which failed to improve, would pay penalties.

Tuyen said the administration would work with relevant ministries and sectors to eliminate businesses causing environmental pollution by 2020.

From now on, the administration plans to inspect violators regularly. Those found still polluting the environment will be forced to halt operations.

In 2013 and 2014, 172 businesses were told to stop polluting, but only 25 did so. (PNA/VNS)

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