An international seminar on the application of the biotic ligand model (BLM) in environmental management was held in Hanoi on March 4.

The event, co-chaired by the Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of National Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Loyola University Chicago, and the Asia-Pacific Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, saw the participation of nearly 100 environmental scientists and administrators from Southeast Asian nations.

MoNRE Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen said that the seminar aims to discuss opportunities and challenges, and share experience during the application of the model to evaluate pollution levels in Asian countries, including Vietnam.

BLM will be used to evaluate the impact of heavy metals such as Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn) and Nickel (Ni) on creatures on land and in the water. However, figuring out a common poisonous level for all metals is impossible due to the diverse impacts that substances have on different ecosystems.

One of the challenges facing Vietnam in environmental pollution management is the lack of a perfect model for heavy metal treatment that meets all technical, socio-economic and environmental criteria.

According to a draft on standards for environmental quality recently approved by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, the contents of heavy metal in soil and vegetables are not allowed to exceed permitted levels.-VNA