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Official dismissed over plan for waste dumping into sea
The Saigon Times Daily
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Official dismissed over plan for waste dumping into sea

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – The Industrial Policy and Strategy Institute has fired Ha Quoc Quan for his involvement in a controversial plan to dump nearly one million cubic meters of dredged sediments into waters off the coast of Binh Thuan Province.

The institute issued a decision yesterday dismissing Quan at the request of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, according to a Tuoi Tre newspaper report.

Quan was director of the Center for Investment and Technology Transfer Consultancy but also general director of Vietnam Ports Construction Consultant JSC. This is in violation of the amended Anti-Corruption Law and the Law on Civil Servants which prohibit civil servants from running a private business.

His company conducted a study and an environmental impact assessment report on the discharge of mud, sand, shells and other sediments dredged from a turning basin for the Vinh Tan 1 thermo-power plant. Among 14 scientists the company included in the study, three rejected their participation in the study.

This amounts to an act of cheating, which is intolerable in scientific research. Besides, according to the ministry, he declared his assets and incomes in a dishonest and insufficient manner.

Therefore, the Ministry of Industry and Trade requested the institute to discipline him for conflict of interests, and violations of regulations on what civil servants are banned from doing.

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