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Thanh Hoa residents suffer from air pollution

22 September 2019 | 07:12:00 AM

Local people in Thanh Hoa City have complained about serious environmental pollution caused by the Ha Thanh Company.


Thanh Hoa residents suffer from air pollution

For the past three years, the residents in Thinh Van Village and hundreds of patients at Thanh Hoa Lung Hospital have suffered from the air and noise pollution caused by Ha Thanh Company.

Ha Thanh Company rented 1,134 square metres of land as a showroom. However, since 2016, they have used the land as storage site for construction materials such as stone powder, cement residues, and washing stations for fresh cement vehicles.

The residents have filed complaints, the provincial Department of Health has reported to the authorities but the situation hasn't improved.

A patient at Thanh Hoa Lung Hospital said she had been admitted for two weeks and couldn't go out due to the huge amount of dust outdoors because Ha Thanh Company is right beside the hospital. She felt she was suffocating because of the pollution and noise from cars and trucks.

Dao Thanh Binh, director of Thanh Hoa Lung Hospital said there were 300 patients at the hospital, "It especially worsened during dry and hot days. The dust was blown into the hospital," he said.

Thanh Hoa People's Committee and Department of Natural Resources and Environment were asked to investigate the case. In their report, it was pointed out that the operation of Ha Thanh Company could pollute the Nha Le River. There was also no solution yet to deal with the air pollution problem and the company doesn't have separate storage for toxic waste.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment already asked Ha Thanh Company to remove all sewer pipes and plant trees along the street and stop using the area as a dumping site. However, Ha Thanh Company has continued to ignore orders from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Thanh Hoa police.

Nguyen Van Ngoc, chairman of Quang Thinh Commune People's Committee, said the orders hadn't been followed because Thanh Hoa had several major rain storms in the past months.

"The representatives of Ha Thanh have worked with us and promised to fix all problems by October. We have asked them to deal with everything by September 20," Ngoc said.


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