Formosa special environmental supervision ends
  • | dtinews.vn | January 19, 2021 05:49 PM
Deputy Director of Vietnam Environment Administration, Hoang Van Thuc, announced that they has stopped the special supervision at Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co Ltd (FHS) who caused the mass fish death disaster in the central region.


Deputy Director of Vietnam Environment Administration Hoang Van Thuc.

FHS was responsible for the mass fish deaths along the coast of the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue in 2016. The pollution damaged about 400 hectares of coral and affected over 260,000 people who earn their living by working in sea-related activities. It was accused of 53 violations by the inspector of the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The supervision team for FHS' production activities, which includes the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, state agencies of Ha Tinh and organisations and experts, has recently held a meeting to evaluate FHS' implementation of their commitments to address the violations and do more for environmental protection.

According to Thuc, the team already held a meeting on December 12 and concluded that from July 2016 until now, FHS has done its best to fulfil its promises and commitments. All violations had been resolved. The company have upgraded and repaired environmental protection works and built an additional 10 more constructions as per requested.

Solid waste, as well as wastewater and dust, was also managed more tightly so as not to affect maritime activities and to be more environmentally-friendly.

"FHS has been very quickly and seriously followed all commitments and realised more clearly that environmental protection is a key factor for long-term business in Vietnam," he said. "After being established in 2016, the supervision team had many programmes to monitor the production activities at FHS, especially how it collected and treated waste be for discharging into the environment."

The data was transmitted to the Vietnam Environment Administration and Ha Tinh Department of Natural Resources and Environment via 24 monitoring stations all day and night. The team also carried out irregular inspections and analyse the results. In the coming time, FHS will add two more dust monitoring stations.

"The data from the monitoring stations were broadcast live at the monitor in front of the factory's gate for the public," he said. "All of their activities in the past five years are under strict monitoring."

After gathering opinions from all agencies and localities authorities, the team decided to stop the special supervision at FHS. The ministry asked FHS to continue follow environmental protection regulations. There will be irregular inspections in the future.

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