Preventing and Remediating Environmental Incidents in IPs

10:09:07 AM | 14/12/2020

In a bid to reinforce environmental management in industrial parks, the Vinh Phuc Industrial Parks Authority and relevant bodies have adopted many consistent solutions to improve State management, quickly prevent and overcome incidents, and minimize economic damage and environmental impacts in industrial parks.

Accordingly, the Vinh Phuc Industrial Parks Authority asked industrial park infrastructure developers in the province to better plan and execute action plans to prevent and respond to environmental incidents under regulations of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; stay ready to respond promptly and effectively to emerging environmental incidents; proactively coordinate with competent and capable units to train and foster the capacity of preventing, responding and addressing environmental incidents in industrial parks; impose surveillance on enterprises with environmental threats. When an environmental incident occurs, businesses are responsible for urgently mobilizing human resources, material resources and means on site to promptly respond to and notify the board for guidance and support.

In 2019, the Vinh Phuc Industrial Parks Authority checked compliance with environmental laws in 17 tenants, most of which strictly abided by environmental provisions; invested in wastewater treatment systems; arranged waste storage areas; collected waste collection and signed contracts with waste collectors for treatment, and made regulatory reports on environmental issues. Typically, Kyungil Optics Vietnam Co., Ltd in Binh Xuyen Industrial Park periodically conducted environmental monitoring four times a year. The company’s total amount of municipal solid waste is about 95 kg per month and industrial solid waste is about 820 kg a month. The company signed a municipal and industrial waste collection contract with Khanh Duan Tai Co., Ltd. and signed a hazardous waste collection and transport contract with Vinh Phuc Hi-Tech Environment Co., Ltd. In addition to strictly adhering to environmental regulations, the company cooperates closely with relevant bodies to carry out fire prevention drills and chemical incident prevention and response plans.

However, many companies currently still fail to have quick responses to unexpected incidents. They lack equipment or have deteriorated equipment.

To deal with this reality, in the coming time, the Vinh Phuc Industrial Parks Authority will continue to raise awareness and responsibility of environmental protection for tenants and industrial park infrastructure developers; accelerate regulations on State management of environmental protection in industrial parks; and prevent and address environmental incidents in industrial parks.

By Nguyet Tham, Vietnam Business Forum