[enviro-vlc] Fwd: Media: South Korean Company protests Vietnamese's media charges [over pollution from MSG plant
vern.weitzel at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 23:17:14 EST 2008
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Subject: Re: [enviro-vlc] Media: South Korean Company protests
Vietnamese's media charges [over pollution from MSG plant]
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 05:42:13 +0000 (GMT)
From: Keith Williams <kdwilliams56 at yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: kdwilliams56 at yahoo.co.uk
To: vern at coombs.anu.edu.au
We will know that the Vietnamese Government and provincial authorities
are serious when the fines are actually imposed and when they get
serious with the fines and impose them based on the number of days the
pollution occurs. $300 to $3,500 _per day_ of pollution sounds about
right! - the higher amount for bigger companies. Then the businesses
will take seriously the extreme harm they are doing to the health of the
Vietnamese people, the loss of biodiversity and the loss of the
ecosystem services on which communities depend for their livelihoods.
A plea from the representatives of the companies to 'Please help us' is
a statement of incompetence. They must know the law and they must know
that they are deliberately violating it. Fine them heavily or they will
Regards to all
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Subject: [enviro-vlc] Media: South Korean Company protests
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Subject: [vnnews-l] Media: South Korean Company protests Vietnamese's media
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:17:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Stephen Denney <sdenney at OCF.Berkeley.EDU>
Posted : Wed, 15 Oct 2008
Author : DPA
South Korean Company protests Vietnamese's media charges
Hanoi, October 9, 2008 � A South Korean Monosodium Glutamate Company has
its voice to protest Vietnamese's media charges in covering news to
its violations of Vietnamese environment laws, the company's officials said
South Kean monosodium glutamate company, Miwon Vietnam, makes about 30,000 tons
of condiments a year, located in the Northern Province of Phu Tho has been
accused by local media of its intentionally and seriously polluting Vietnamese
"I don't agree with the ways local media covering about us," said
Yoon Suk Chun,
CEO of the company "they don't cover news in a productive ways, but
only want to
Chun said that his company had signed a contract with the Center for Clean
and Environment Technology Transfer of Ministry of Natural Resource and
Environment in Hanoi to build the wastewater treatment system with an
of nearly 8 million dollars, but the system was substandard, so the company had
already terminated the contract with the center, and hired another consultant.
The system was still in trial period, and that was the cause leading to its
delay to treat the wastewater and violate Vietnam laws on environmental
Local media also accused Miwon of discharging some 150 cubic meters of
wastewater into the Hong (Red) River through a substandard treatment system
intentionally each day since late last year.
On Thursday, they unanimously run stories to condemn Miwon, saying that Miwon
has discharged contaminated water to the Red river between three to five times
higher that allowed level and accused it of polluting environment for many
"We admitted we have violated Vietnamese regulations on environment
since last November, and not as serious as Taiwanese Vedan Company" said
"We ask local media to write the true and help us to correct our
"Local media should give us a chance to explain," said Bui Dinh
of Miwon's Human Resource and administrative. "Don't label us
(don't put a rope
around us) before everything becomes clear."
According to Tran Xuan Hai, Deputy Director of Phu Tho Department of Natural
Resource and environment, the company had admitted its violations and committed
quickly to overcome its wrongdoings and subject to any punishment in conformity
with Vietnam's law.
"We are summarizing the final result of our inspection and will release
said Hai. "We may close the company's operations incase we find Miwon
violated our law."
How ever, Ha said that he did not think Miwon had caused the consequence of
environmental pollution as serious as Vedan and the company had only polluted
the Red river for a year as it started milling cassava and other tubers
at its company. Before that it imported milled materials from other countries,
so it didn't need water to mill them and didn't discharge contaminated
the Red river.
According to the latest test result, samples of wastewater collected in October
the six, were much cleaner than samples from one week earlier and praised the
company for its quick response and responsibility to deal with the case, Ha
Miwon' leader on Thursday said they were ready to answer local media
that they must cover the true, and that they need local media to help them to
correct their wrongdoings.
"We want to do long-term business in Vietnam and also want to contribute
part to help Vietnam develop stronger and more sustainable," said Chun.
give us a chance to explain and correct our mistakes."
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,
was caught dumping around 105,600 cubic meters of untreated wastewater to the
province's Thi Vai River.
Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday said Vedan's factory in Dong Nai
was forced to halt all sewage discharges for six months and can only resume
operation when it satisfies regulations on waste treatment.
According to Vietnamese law, discharging pollution or toxic substances into
water and failing to take environmental measures despite orders from government
agencies is subject to a fine of between 300 and 3500 dollars for each
violation, or between one and ten years of imprisonment.
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