[enviro-vlc] Another MSG-maker found polluting Vietnam river
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Mon Oct 6 03:00:01 EST 2008
Last Updated: Saturday, October 4, 2008 10:00:18 Vietnam (GMT+07)
Another MSG-maker found polluting Vietnam river
South Korean monosodium glutamate maker Miwon Vietnam has been dumping
wastewater into the Red River that runs through the capital city, police said
“We have found that Miwon, based in northern Phu Tho Province, has discharged
wastewater into the Hong (Red) River through a substandard treatment system,”
head of the province’s Environmental Police Bureau, Ngo Quang Thieu, told Thanh
Nien Daily Friday.
“The firm has confessed to releasing some 150 cubic meters of wastewater into
the river each day since late last year,” he said, noting that the real volume
may be higher.
“The wastewater treatment system for the firm’s second production line is
substandard,” he said. “But the firm has still put the line into operation since
last November, and dumped wastewater into the Red River through it.”
Miwon has explained that the system is in a trial operation stage, Thieu said.
“However, wastewater discharge through the system is illegal.”
“We have collected samples of the wastewater and sent them to relevant agencies
for analysis,” he noted.
“Our firm has discharged wastewater into the river via a wastewater treatment
system, which is operating on a trial basis and facing some problems,” an
official from Miwon Vietnam, who declined to be named, told Thanh Nien Daily Friday.
However, the discharge has not seriously affected the river’s water quality, and
only caused some foul odor, he said.
Miwon Vietnam signed a contract with the Center for Clean Water and Environment
Technology Transfer in Hanoi to build the wastewater treatment system with an
investment of VND7.8 billion (US$472,000) when the firm started to build the
second production line two years ago, he noted.
“But the system is substandard, and has had some problems, and we have already
terminated the contract with the center, and hired another consultant,” he said.
Miwon Vietnam, which has an annual capacity of 30,000 tons of MSG, is trying to
find ways to deal with the issue, but it needs at least 7-10 days, he said.
The news about dumping effluents comes in the wake of a major pollution scandal
featuring Taiwanese MSG-maker Vedan Vietnam in southern Dong Nai Province, which
was caught dumping around 105,600 cubic meters of untreated wastewater to the
province’s Thi Vai River.
Vedan is facing suspension of its operations and stiff fines for evading payment
of environmental fees for many years.
Reported by Bao Van
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