Environment ministry approves Formosa ocean encroachment

HÀ TĨNH — Locals living near the Formosa plant in central Hà Tĩnh Province stated that the Taiwanese company is encroaching upon the sea to build a solid waste storage dock.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, however, said the construction is under an approved master plan.

Local online newswires last week carried stories quoting locals saying that the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Steel Company, responsible for the Formosa toxic spill in the ocean last year, was constructing a waste storage dock that encroached upon 300ha of the local ocean.

The ministry’s online outlet said construction had been approved under the master plan of the plant and the dock’s actual area was 146ha.

“Formosa is fulfilling requested documents to shift the function of the waste storage dock to a zone for storing manufacture materials,” it said. Read More