HANOI – Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa was under attack in Vietnam’s state media Monday
over allegations of industrial pollution leaching from a multi-billion dollar steel mill that may have caused mysterious mass fish deaths.
Tonnes of dead fish, including rare species which live far offshore and in the deep, have been washing up on beaches along the country’s central coast, causing public alarm and hitting local fishermen.
State media coverage has focused on a 1.5 kilometre (one mile) waste water pipeline which runs directly from Formosa’s multi-billion dollar steel plant in Ha Tinh into the ocean.
The Taiwanese company this week said local communities needed to consider whether they valued marine life or foreign investment in the area more.
“You cannot have both,” Chou Chun Fan, Formosa Ha Tinh’s external relations manager told state-run VTC14 television channel, speaking in Vietnamese. [FULL STORY]