Project owners would have to ask contractors that violate environmental protection regulations or discharge wastes causing or threatening to cause environmental pollution to stop the construction of works, according to a draft circular prepared by the Ministry of Construction.
To be allowed to resume construction activities, contractors would take remedial measures to ensure satisfaction of environmental protection requirements, says the draft.
Project owners would be required to supervise contractors’ observance of environmental protection regulations in construction activities__Photo: Internet
Project owners would also be required to supervise contractors’ observance of environmental protection regulations in construction activities and coordinate with contractors in dealing with environmental pollution or incidents, if any.
For construction investment projects requiring environmental impact assessment reports or environmental protection plans, project owners would need to work out environmental management and protection plans on the basis of environmental management programs proposed in the environmental impact assessment reports or environmental protection plans.
As to contractors, the draft paper says principal contractors or general contractors would take responsibility for environmental management and protection with regard to the jobs performed by subcontractors while subcontractors must comply with relevant regulations for the jobs they perform.
Contractors must set out rules on environmental protection in construction activities, and develop technical solutions and measures for environmental protection and submit them to project owners for approval. In addition, they would have to disseminate environmental protection rules and measures to all laborers working at construction sites.- (VLLF)