HCMC – Authorities in the southern province of Binh Duong said on September 14 that they had discovered and fined a salt factory owner for illegally dumping over 2,100 tons of untreated industrial waste.
The dumping site covers a total area of over 900 square meters, including six aboveground and three underground dumping sites.
The total volume of industrial waste dumped at the sites was over 2,100 tons, including scrap leather, rags and EVA soles, among others.
The owner of the facility, Duong Thi Van, told the police that she had been burning dry industrial waste to produce salt since September 2020. She said she bought the industrial waste, if it was dry, from dump truck drivers of paper and leather manufacturers in the province. She charged them VND500,000 for each truck dumping wet waste at the site.
So far, Van has earned some VND36 million from trucks dumping industrial waste.
Functional forces have seized Van’s excavator, required her to stop the dumping activities and are carrying out a further investigation.
According to the Binh Duong Department of Natural Resources and Environment, it has collected VND18 billion in fines for 156 cases of environmental violations and seized over VND1 billion in illegal money from such violations during the first nine months of 2022.