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Vietnam: The government requires localities to thoroughly handle pollution hot spots

The situation of dust pollution in the air in some localities, especially Hanoi and neighbouring provinces, is worsening, threatening to affect public health and economic development activities.


From satellite image data, many areas across the country appear to have open-air burning points, concentrated in the Northeast mountainous area (Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang), and the Northwest (Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La) and the Central Highlands, South Central and Southern provinces. Monitoring results at automatic monitoring stations show that the daily AQI index at some stations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thai Nguyen is at bad or very bad levels.


Regarding the situation of dust pollution in the air in some localities, especially Hanoi and neighboring provinces, which is experiencing bad developments, the Department of Environmental Pollution Control (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) proposed Departments of Natural Resources and Environment focus their resources on strengthening measures to thoroughly deal with hot spots of dust and gas pollution. The Department of Environmental Pollution Control has recently issued the Official Letter No. 436/KSONMT-QTMT dated March 2 on strengthening air pollution control and thoroughly handling hot spots of dust and exhaust pollution.


Photo taken on the 3rd March 2023
Photo taken on the 3rd March 2023

The Environmental Pollution Control Department, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment proposed the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment to focus their resources on strengthening measures to control dust pollution in the air, and at the same time report to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The People's Committees of the provinces and cities shall direct the implementation of increasing the frequency of air environment monitoring in the periodical monitoring program and the system of automatic and continuous monitoring stations in the area, at the same time, publish the results of air quality monitoring on the web portal and media of the province and city, and connect to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.


The Department also suggested localities to organise inspection, supervision, and strictly require industrial production facilities in the area to implement control measures to ensure that exhaust gas treatment meets environmental technical regulations, especially establishments with large sources of dust and emissions. Additionally, the localities need to urge and supervise production facilities subject to installation of automatic emission monitoring and data transmission to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment according to regulations.


Source: the Internet




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