He also instructed establishing stations to frequently monitor the quality of wastewater and waste from factories and ensure easy access to factories’ discharge of waste for frequent supervision.
The ministry will take a tough stance on any organisations and individuals who cause environmental pollution, strictly fine violations, suspend operations of violators and force them to overcome the consequences. Persistent violators could even be prosecuted.
The ministry said it would form an inter-sector inspection team as well as invite local and foreign scientists to make independent assessment on enterprises who discharge waste into sea and scientifically examine all waste outlets.
The team will begin its activities on May 5 and results will be reported to state management agencies, the mass media and the public.
A large number of dead fish along the coast were first discovered in Ky Anh Township, Ha Tinh province on April 6, then spread to Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.