HCM CITY — Four polluting factories in HCM City were forced to suspend operations by having their power supply cut and their machinery and equipment sealed, the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment has announced.

The four firms are: a cloth dyeing workshop in District 12’s Dong Hung Thuan Ward; Gia Hung Co Ltd in District 12’s Tan Thoi Nhat Ward; paper producer Hoang Son Phat Co Ltd in Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park, Binh Chanh District; and Quoc Sieu Co Ltd in Binh Chanh District’s Vinh Loc B Commune.

These factories had been fined earlier for violating environmental protection regulations. However, recent inspections showed that the gas emissions from these factories remain higher than permitted.

This is the first time this “strong” measure has been taken to force polluting enterprises to suspend their operations, the inspectors said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in central Thua Thien – Hue Province has fined 11 polluting enterprises over VND2 billion (US$95,200) for violating local environmental protection regulations.

Last week, Phan Van Dang, Chief Inspector of the Department, named the firms as violators: Thua Thien – Hue Enameled Tiles Co No 1; Hue Paper Material Joint Venture Co; Hue Textile and Garment JSC; Hue Seafood JSC; Kuks – Viet Nam Cement Co Ltd; Hoang Gia Paint Co Ltd; Thua Thien – Hue Mineral and Enameled Tile Co; Hue Brewery; Thuy Phuong Waste Treatment Co; Hue Environment and Urban Work Co; and Binh Dien Hydro-power Plant.

Their violations included the lack of wastewater and gas emission treatment facilities and the discharging of wastewater and gas in greater volumes than permitted, Dang said. — VNS

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