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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

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Electric fence erected to protect elephants

ĐỒNG NAI – An electric fence is being used on a trial basis to resolve conflicts between wild elephants and people in the southeastern province of Đồng Nai, the province’s Forest Protection Sub-Department said on Thursday.

The fence, which is 50km long and 2.2m high, runs along Vĩnh Cửu District’s Mã Đà and Phú Lý communes and Định Quán District’s Thanh Sơn Commune.

The fence has a low voltage (4.5 – 14kV), preventing the chance of electrocution, according to Nguyễn Văn Dũng, head of the Sub-department’s Preservation Division.

Electrical warning signs are posted every 50m along the fence to alert local residents.

The fence separates residential areas and farming areas from natural forests where wild elephants live, and it keeps people and crops safe from the intrusion of the elephants.

It also offers security to wild elephants, which have encroached on areas searching for food.

Đồng Nai has about 14 wild elephants living in Vĩnh Cửu, Định Quán and Tân Phú districts.  – VNS

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