An environmental watchdog has asked Cambodia’s government

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  • 12 Apr 2019 12:00 AM
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Environmental NGO Urges Closure of Chinese Hotel ‘Spewing Raw Sewage’ on Cambodian Resort Island

Environmental watchdog, Mother Nature, has called on Cambodia’s government to shut down a Chinese-owned hotel and casino for pouring raw sewage into the sea off the coast of the popular resort town of Sihanoukville. This follows the closure of another on the same island last month. In a video, Mother Nature activist, Meng Heng, said the Sunshine Bay Hotel and Casino is polluting the water off the southern tip of Koh Rong Samloem Island’s Independence beach. Overhead drone footage shows a large stream of discoloured water flowing across the beach behind the resort and into the sea. While Meng Heng acknowledged that it was impossible to tell whether all of the pollution comes solely from the hotel, it is clear that “large amounts of sewage are being dumped onto this part of the beach on a daily basis.” Sihanoukville provincial spokesman, Or Saroeun, said authorities are targeting serious polluters first, and they will issue warnings to buildings found in breach of the city’s regulations before punishing them for continued violations.

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