The Taiwanese steel plant responsible for Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster has been fined VND560 million ($24,640) for its illegal burial of toxic waste that was busted last year. Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh, a steel production unit of the Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group, was punished for failing to separate toxic waste for the burial and hiring an authorized local company to do the job. The company was also fined VND450 million for directly burying the waste. The burial of around 100 tons of waste from Formosa at a local farmland was busted in July 2016. The waste was put into a hole of around 300 square meters (3,200 square feet) and one meter (3.3 feet) deep. The environment ministry found the industrial waste contained excessive levels of cyanide. Police in the central province of Ha Tinh launched criminal probe into organizations and individuals in August 2016. But eventually there was no criminal prosecution. Several local officials have been … [Read more...] about Vietnam fines Formosa for messing up waste burial
NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed the handling of unsold seafood and other unsold marine products in the four central provinces affected by the marine environmental incident caused by Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company last year. Accordingly, the PM has agreed to provide financial aid to cover 100% of the value of the unsold jellyfish products and 30% of the other unsold marine products. The total budget for unsold products is over VND242 billion (US$10.65 million).Specifically, over VND150 billion will be allocated to Ha Tinh province, VND48.5 billion will be allocated to Quang Binh, VND42 billion will be provided for Quang Tri and VND1.2 billion will be given to Thua Thien - Hue.In addition, the PM has decided to provide over VND341 billion (US$15 million) to the other unsold marine products. Of the total, nearly VND122 billion will be granted to Ha Tinh, VND214 billion will be given to Quang Binh, VND320 million will be sent to Quang Tri and over VND4.7 … [Read more...] about PM approves financial support for Formosa-affected provinces
VietNamNet Bridge - Under the national standards QCVN 51:2013/BTNMT, the reference oxygen content is 7 percent, but the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) is allowing Formosa to apply the reference oxygen content of 15 percent. Under the national standards, the reference oxygen content is 7 percentIn January 2014, the then Deputy Minister of MONRE Bui Cach Tuyen signed a document allowing Formosa Ha Tinh to apply the reference oxygen content in the sintering period at 15 percent.Explaining the decision, Le Hoai Nam, head of the Pollution Control Agency, admitted this was a ‘special document’. According to Nam, in December 2013, Formosa Ha Tinh sent a dispatch to the Environment General Directorate to ask about the ceiling oxygen content. The steel manufacturer said that in countries with a developed steel industry, the reference oxygen content is set at 15 percent for the sintering period.The … [Read more...] about Is MONRE allowing Formosa to discharge substandard waste?
Vietnam is going to closely monitor a number of investment projects that pose high risks to the environment, including the Taiwanese steel plant notorious for causing a massive toxic spill last year. Formosa Ha Tinh on the central coast has been listed among 28 projects in the steel, cement, thermal power and mining industries that need special surveillance, the environment ministry said at a press briefing on Monday. “These projects could have huge environmental impacts if they are not properly run,” said Hoang Van Thuc, a senior environment protection official at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Thuc said the blacklist will be updated every few years to remove well-performing investors and add new riskier projects. He said the decision will give officials a more active position to prevent disasters like the Formosa incident, which shocked the entire nation and the international community at large. The toxic spill, first reported in April 2016, has been … [Read more...] about Vietnam puts high-risk projects on pollution surveillance list, including Formosa
The ministry gave the explanation on November 25 following rumors that the Taiwanese steel business was once again bringing harm to Vietnam’s environment.Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co. Ltd., or Formosa for short, is the Vietnamese steel business of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group.Last June, the firm’s top executives admitted wrongdoing and pledged a hefty monetary compensation of US$500 million after wastewater from its factories was found responsible for mass fish deaths along the central coast of Vietnam two months earlier. Formosa has been allowed to continue doing business in Vietnam regardless, though with increased monitoring and inspections by local authorities to ensure such incidents never repeat.In a statement released on November 25, MONRE acknowledged that some readings on Formosa’s emissions had exceeded the permissible amount recently.Specifically, the sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels in … [Read more...] about Formosa exceeds emission limit after raising capacity for evaluation