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Four more Party officials disciplined over Formosa pollution incident

Released at: 12:29, 22/04/2017

Four more Party officials disciplined over Formosa pollution incident

Mr. Vo Kim Cu (Photo: VnExpress)

Former Party Central Committee member among those disciplined.

by Nguyen Quoc

The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat met under the Chairmanship of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on April 18 and 21 to consider disciplinary measures against certain Party organizations and members following a proposal from the Central Inspection Commission, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The Secretariat reached conclusions on wrongdoings and legal violations relating to the major environmental incident in the central region in April last year by the Party Affairs Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and several officials under the management of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, as follows:

- MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section (2011-2016 tenure) showed a lack of responsibility and lax leadership in inspection and supervision work, resulting in the ministry and certain individuals violating State regulations on environmental protection and water resources management involving the Formosa Ha Tinh steel plant, causing serious environmental consequences and affecting political security and social order and safety.

- Mr. Nguyen Minh Quang, former Party Central Committee member, former Secretary of MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section, and former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, must bear responsibility as leader for violations committed by the MoNRE Party Affairs Section (2011-2016 tenure). 

- Mr. Bui Cach Tuyen, former member of MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section, former Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and former head of the Environmental Administration was also responsible for violations and mistakes committed by MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section (2011-2016 tenure). He was irresponsible in approving environmental impact assessment reports and ignored warnings about impacts on the environment. He also showed lax leadership over the supervision and inspection of Formosa’s construction of environmental facilities. 

- Mr. Nguyen Thai Lai, former member of MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section and former Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment was also responsible for violations and mistakes committed by MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section (2011-2016 tenure). He showed irresponsibility in verifying and approving licenses for Formosa’s offshore wastewater discharge, which were against rules. 

- Mr. Vo Kim Cu, Secretary of the Party Delegation and President of the Vietnam Cooperatives Alliance, and formerly Secretary of the Party Committee of Ha Tinh province, Secretary of the Party Affairs Section, and Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, bore the main responsibility for violations and mistakes committed by the provincial Party Affairs Section and the Provincial People’s Committee in the 2008-2016 period and by the provincial economic zone management board in 2008-2010. Mr. Cu signed many documents in violation of regulations, such as granting investment certificates, allowing the lease of sea surface areas, and allowing Formosa to conduct land clearance to build wastewater pipelines against the rules, while failing to keep close supervision and inspection over the implementation of the project. 

The Secretariat unanimously voted on disciplinary measures for these officials, including giving a warning to MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section (2011-2016 tenure) and to Mr. Nguyen Minh Quang. 

Mr. Bui Cach Tuyen and Mr. Nguyen Thai Lai were dismissed from their posts as members of MoNRE’s Party Affairs Section (2011-2016 tenure). 

Mr. Vo Kim Cu was dismissed from his post as member of the Provincial Party Committee in the two tenures of 2005-2010 and 2010-2015, (which also included dismissing him from the posts of Secretary of the Party Affairs Section of the Provincial People’s Committee, Vice Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, and Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, in line with Party regulations). 

At the same time, the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat required the Party Affairs Board of the government to direct the imposition of administrative punishment on MoNRE and the above-mentioned officials.

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