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Formosa contract on waste dumping violates environmental laws

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Industrial wastes of Formosa Ha Tinh Company (Source: Internet)
Ha Tinh (VNA) – The signing of a contract between the Formosa Ha Tinh Company and the Ky Anh Urban Environment Company that allows the former to dump its waste at a farm owned by the latter’s director violates environmental laws, said Vo Ta Dinh, head of the Ha Tinh provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

The Formosa company was found burying 100 tonnes of wastes at the farm of Le Quang Hoa in Ky Trinh ward of Ky Anh town.

According to Dinh, the Ky Anh Urban Environment Company has no function of treating industrial wastes, including industrial sludge.

The local environment department had a meeting with the parties involved to define their responsibilities.

The companies will have to dig up and remove the 100 tonnes of waste to a site belonging to the Phu Ha Company located in Ky Anh’s Ky Tan commune, regardless of being conventional or hazardous industrial waste.

Through this incident, the department acknowledged the importance of further intensifying State management on the environment, especially in the Vung Ang Economic Zone, Dinh added.

The Taiwan-invested Formosa company, on June 30, admitted responsibility for mass fish deaths in the four central coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Thua-Thien Hue between April and May.

The company promised a total compensation of 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) to support local fishermen to switch to other jobs and recover the polluted maritime environment.

It also pledged to absolutely deal with shortcomings and limitations in waste and wastewater treatment, improve its production technologies to ensure waste is completely treated before being discharged to the environment as required by Vietnamese State management agencies, and not to repeat such an incident.-VNA
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