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Leading textile firm fined for dumping untreated wastewater

Thai Tuan Corporation, a leading textile manufacturer in Vietnam, has been fined VND250 million (US$12,000) for dumping untreated wastewater into a Ho Chi Minh City canal, Tuoi Tre reported Monday.

According to the newspaper, the Department of Anti-Environmental Crime Police at the Ministry of Public Security has also ordered the corporation to treat all wastewater from its factory's operations in District 12 in accordance with regulations.

On August 17, the factory was caught dumping wastewater into the nearby Tham Luong Canal, Tuoi Tre said, adding that tests later found the wastewater's quality failed to meet regulated criteria.

Company leaders then said that they didn't know that they were supposed to treat water used to clean machines and the factory.

Thai Tuan Chi, board chairman of Thai Tuan Corporation, told Tuoi Tre that the company has begun following the orders of the police department.

It is now working to improve its wastewater treatment system, he added.