Hung Son – Phan Lam – Tuesday, November 21, 2023 10:57 (GMT+7)
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Sau Thuot fruit trading and processing facility (group 13, hamlet 2, My Hiep commune, Cao Lanh district) has continuously discharged waste into canals, dyeing the water black, making people extremely upset.
Living with black water!
In mid-November 2023, the reporter was present at Ba Truong canal – an environmental “hot spot” in hamlet 2, Tan Thanh commune, Cai Be district, Tien Giang province, the place most heavily affected by the agency’s waste discharge. Sau Thuot station. The winding water of the canal weaves through dozens of durian and mango orchards and people’s houses with a solid black color.
At the dam culverts and grasslands, stagnant water stagnates and stinks, combined with the hot afternoon air, spreading throughout the entire area, causing anyone walking on the road to cover their heads with scarves and cover their noses.
“The water here used to be clear, but recently it has been very turbid and now it is blackt. Foul water meets sunlight nshiny pick up couldn’t stand it. My family has lived since the time of my great-grandfather and maternal great-grandfather until now, never see The water is so black. Whenever you send a message, If you do it, you can stop for a few days, otherwise Surname Continuously pour down black water!”, Ms. Nguyen Thu Ha (63 years old, living next to Ba Truong canal) was upset.
“My fish pond is located close to the creek. For many days now, I have closed all the sewers leading to the outside to prevent fish from dying due to dirty water. Fortunately, this time it is still raining and there is water for fish to live. And mThat’s the durian garden always in a state of alarm. The black water had overflowed, so I was very afraid that the durian garden wouldn’t be able to stand it and it would all die Stop!”, Another person chimed in.
“Last year, a lot of silver carp died in my pond and had to be picked up and buried. I reported it to Sau Thuoc facility and was promised compensation, But I waited until today see anyone where! We also report With the commune authorities, they made a record and notified the Sau Thuoc facility but up to now there has been no response.!”, Mr. Vo Huu Hiep (living in group 8, hamlet 4, Tan Thanh commune) said.
It’s hard to imagine that a large area of Tan Thanh commune has been “poisoned” by a fruit processing facility from another commune for a long time without finding a solution. The only thing that can be explained is that they are passive because they are located downstream of the canal, while the Sau Thuoc facility is located upstream, in another locality – Dong Thap province.
The coordination between the two localities to date is only formal, dealing with matters, especially the government of My Hiep commune, Cao Lanh district, Dong Thap province.
“At least twice we did sent an official dispatch to My Hiep commune requesting coordination to resolve the serious pollution situation at the Sau Thuoc facility, But it seems they don’t want to resolve it completely!”, Mr. Nguyen Hong Thai – Vice Chairman of Tan Thanh Commune People’s Committee said.
“Most recently, On November 7, 2023, people came to the Commune People’s Committee to complain, so we formed a survey team and recorded the scene. After that, the commune leaders signed an official dispatch notifying the My Hiep Commune People’s Committee and submitting a report to the District People’s Committee and Department of Health.N&MT Cai Be about the environmental pollution discharge of the Sau Thuoc facility, Recommend remedial measures urgent. However, it’s been a week, everything keep is continuing to pass…”, Mr. Thai added.
Looking back at the case file, we find it very difficult to understand why for many months, even nearly a year, despite the people’s complaints, your commune issued an official dispatch announcing the request that the My Hiep commune government made. In particular, Cao Lanh district in general is so indifferent?! Specifically, on March 2, 2023, the People’s Committee of Tan Thanh commune issued Official Dispatch No. 52/UBND-NC sent to the People’s Committee of My Hiep commune stating: “Through inspection and verification, the current water source is black and smells foul, affecting domestic water sources, irrigation and healthe of households in the area, causing public anger.”requested the People’s Committee of My Hiep commune to report to the authorities to inspect the Sau Thuoc facility and fix it soon.
Dispatch 52 was sent but received no response, so on March 16, 2023, Tan Thanh commune sent officials to My Hiep commune to work directly. At that time, the leaders of My Hiep commune provided Tan Thanh commune officials with Document No. 330/PTNMT-HC signed on March 10, 2023 of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Cao Lanh district (Dong Thap) as an answer.
However, after inspections by the authorities, the status of polluted wastewater from the Sau Thuoc facility remained unchanged, so on May 15, 2023, the People’s Committee of Tan Thanh commune sent a report to the People’s Committee of Cai district. Be and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Cai Be district. Five months later, on October 13, 2023, the People’s Committee of Tan Thanh commune continued to send these two agencies report No. 30/TTr-UBND stating that on September 22, 2023, the People’s Council of the commune met voters in Hamlet 4. , Tan Thanh commune, voters continue to have suggestions to completely resolve this long-term pollution situation.
And recently, on November 14, 2023, the People’s Committee of Tan Thanh commune continued to submit Report No. 339/TTr-UBND to the People’s Committee and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Cai Be district regarding the above situation.
“I listened to the members of the survey team and made a report, people because very upset and angry should voiced his intention to contribute money to build dams to block the flow of black water from My Hiep side, protecting the property and lives of hundreds of people who are affected by this black water flow.“, Chairman of Tan Thanh Commune People’s Committee Do Trong Thu confided.
“On the part of the government, Of course we will not let this happen, but the frustration about their life and lives cannot be resolved with sympathetic words.…”, he added./.