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Formosa Ha Tinh apologizes for controversial statement

Released at: 14:29, 27/04/2016

Formosa Ha Tinh apologizes for controversial statement

Steel company regrets comments from leader of Hanoi representative office as investigation over massive fish deaths continues.

by Thien Huong

Leaders from the Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company have officially apologized to the Vietnamese Government and Ha Tinh province for the tasteless remarks made by a company official over the recent environmental disaster along the central and north-central coastline, where pollution has killed untold numbers of fish.

Mr. Chu Xuan Pham, Chief of the company’s representative office in Hanoi, told local media that something must be lost for something to be gained and that a choice has to be made between fish and the steel plant.

When asked what caused the deaths, Mr. Truong Phuc Ninh, Formosa’s Deputy General Director, said the company has provided all data related to its wastewater treatment system to authorities and would now wait for them to reach a conclusion.

Mr. Khau Nhan Kiet, Director of Formosa’s Environmental Safety Department, confirmed that it has a central wastewater treatment area in which all wastewater is treated under strict standards before being discharged into the sea. Formosa does not use chemicals to clean the pipe system, he added, only air pressure.

Formosa uses advanced technologies, mostly from Europe and Japan, at the steel plant and has spent $45 million on its wastewater treatment facility, Mr. Ninh said.

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