Environment
Formosa begins compensation payments
  • By Quang Phong | dtinews.vn | July 30, 2016 02:33 PM
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The Formosa Group has paid the first half of USD500m compensation after being found responsible for the mass fish deaths which badly affected tourism and fishing communities in the four central coastal provinces.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Tran Hong Ha, revealed the information during the July 29 working day of the 14th National Assembly’s first session.

NA deputy Ha Sy Dong from Quang Tri Province said, "Consumers are still sceptical about using seafood products from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue Province, even if they are caught far from the contaminated areas. Many fishermen are still staying home, traders and logistic services providers are also in a tough spot."

In addition, hotels, restaurants and tours to the beaches have also suffered losses. The number of tourists to Quang Tri in the first six months is only a tenth of last year's number. The government should broaden statistical sources to see if other sectors have been affected by the mass fish deaths.

He suggested to closely monitor Formosa's operations so that there wouldn't be another disaster in the future. The government may have to foot the bill for additional work to recover the environment. The National Assembly has been urged to take another look at the laws and regulations.

 

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha speaking at the 14th National Assembly’s first session on July 29.

NA deputy To Van Tam from Kon Tum Province said people wanted to know when the sea would be clean again and whether similar incidents could occur. "If those questions can't be answered then we must reconsider the existence of this project," he said.

Minister Ha said they were keeping close eyes on compensation process. The ministry will fine Formosa for 53 violations and is making plans to improve the waste treatment system and start construction to deal with environmental incidents such as waste stabilisation ponds.

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