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Explaining the death of craft villages

Source: VietNamNet Bridge | August 1st, 2013
Location: Vietnam

… While many craft villages in Hanoi, Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam are operating in moderation, the tile and ceramic villages in the two provinces of Vinh Long and An Giang are forced to narrow production scale because their outdated methods of production causes environmental pollution.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Vinh Long province, brick kilns in the province released high concentrations of hydrofluoric acid. In some places, it is 10-30 times exceeding the limits, affecting the health of local people. Most of these facilities do not cover rice husks and ash so when there is strong wind, it is blown to rivers, canals and houses.

Mr. Truong Chi Thien – Deputy Director of the Industry and Trade Division of Mang Thit District, Vinh Long Province – said because traditional brick kilns cause pollution, the local authorities have banned them from expansion, unless they change their technology…

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