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Hanoi (VNA) – More than 4,600 units and individuals violating natural resources and environment regulations have been punished over the past decade, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Chu Pham Ngoc Hien said.

The information was revealed at a conference reviewing the ministry’s 10-year implementation of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Control, which took effect in 2006.

Hien said the MoNRE proposed punishments on 4,687 units and individuals with fines totaling almost 208 billion VND (9.28 million USD).

It also collected 135 billion VND (6 million USD) in environmental protection fee arrears, and revoked 259 licences for mineral-related activities and over 23,000 hectares of misused land.

The ministry also asked competent agencies to correct their management and use of natural resources and environment, the official added.

A report at the conference said that the MoNRE has conducted 123 inspections and examinations over 134 subordinate units since 2006. It has also coordinated with other ministries, sectors and localities, to carry out 960 specialised inspections and examinations over nearly 15,000 units and individuals with activities involving natural resources and environment.-VNA