Ministry proposes new site to dump dredged sediments

12-Aug-2017 Intellasia | The Saigon Timse Daily | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked the government for permission to dump nearly one million cubic meters of dredged sediments at the site of Vinh Tan general port, instead of into the sea, Dan Tri news website reports.

The ministry has thrown its weight behind a proposal of Binh Thuan Province to change location to discharge mud, sand and shells dredged from a turning basin for ships by Vinh Tan 1 Power Company Ltd

Dredged sediments from Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant will also be dumped at the port area as agreed by Vinh Tan general Port JSC, according to the Dan Tri report.

The Vinh Tan general port project is located next to Vinh Tan 1 power station.

The ministry has proposed prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assign the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to coordinate with Binh Thuan Province to direct relevant agencies to study the feasibility of the project and prevent coastal landslides.

PM Phuc earlier asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to assess and deal with the issue in line with the law.

The Vietnam Fisheries Society (Vinafis) recently requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to urgently nullify a license for Vinh Tan 1 Power Company Ltd to discharge nearly one million cubic meters of dredged sediments into the waters off Binh Thuan Province.

VINAFIS proposed License No. 1517/GP-BTNMT issued on June 23 be retracted and the ministry establish an independent inspection team to survey and assess environmental impacts of sediments including mud, sand and shells on the sea and review the objectivity and integrity of those issuing License No. 1517/GP-BTNMT.

VINAFIS said the coastal fishing grounds off Binh Thuan Province are home to scarce marine species such as lobsters, crustaceans and mollusks. Hon Cau Marine Protected Area, which is eight kilometers from the area where Vinh Tan 1 Power Company will dump sediments, is home to coral reefs, seaweed and marine creatures.

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