October 3, 2008

Dire Environmental Pollution Plagues Mekong Delta: Seminar

Dire environmental pollution plagues Mekong Delta: seminar

HANOI, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's Mekong Delta provinces are facing serious environmental degradation with more than 220,000 tons of industrial waste being dumped every year into the surroundings, The Youth reported on Thursday.

The figure was announced at a recent seminar entitled " Protecting the Mekong Delta Environment amid Industrialization and Modernization", with participation of about 200 staff members working on this field.

According to Pham Dinh Don, head of Vietnam's Southwestern Region Environment Protection Branch, the worst environment polluters are concentrated in industrial parks as many companies dump untreated waste into rivers and canals.

Apart from industrial waste, livestock farming activities, including fish raising, contribute significantly to the environmental pollution in the region.

Attendees said the government should reinforce monitoring on trade and production companies in industrial parks and punish violators harshly.

They also suggested the government develop policies to provide financial assistance to industrial parks to build water and garbage treatment systems.

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