The waste dumped at a farm in Ha Tinh Province's Ky Anh Town is
from Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp. (FHS), a local environment official
Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp. has been accused of dumping
large amount of construction waste at another farm in Ky Anh Town, Ha Tinh
of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Ky Anh Town, Pham
Van Hung, said that they had come to inspect the site following the news on
DTiNews and found out that FHS has been dumping their construction waste here
"Our first testing showed that the black muddy waste was not
toxic but there were toxic substances left in the used tanks," Hung added.
"We plan to move the waste to a local company for treatment."
Following reports from local people, DTiNews
visited the two-hectare dump site in Trai Village, Ky Long Ward, some three
kilometres from the FHS, yesterday to see different kinds of waste including
used tanks, plastic bags, bricks and concrete, wooden and iron pieces, and
black muddy waste.
On the many iron and plastic tanks found here,
there were letters written in both Chinese and Vietnamese which indicate toxic
substances. Three letters F.H.S which is an abbreviation of Formosa Ha Tinh
Steel Corp. were also seen on some pieces of waste.
According to the owner of the farm, Cao Nhan, at
the end of 2013, a foreign man came with his interpreter to ask for Nhan's
permission to dump waste at his farm. Nhan agreed after seeing that he could
reuse many items in their waste.
"I don't know whether this is hazardous waste
or not," Nhan said. "I can take the wooden pieces for fire, the tanks
can also be reused."
The farm owner also said that he didn't know about
the amount of waste that has been discharged at his farm.
In early July, Ha Tinh’s environmental police
uncovered around 100 tonnes of waste dumped at a private farm run by Le Quang
Hoa, director of Urban Environment Company in Ky Anh town. Samples tested at
the Institute of Technology and Environment showed that the waste was toxic.
Hoa said the waste were from Formosa.
In a letter sent on July 15 to many agencies
including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of
Science and Technology, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Ha Tinh
Province People's Committee, and the media, Formosa cited an article in its
contract with the Urban Environment Company in Ky Anh Town saying the firm was
responsible for transporting Formosa's muddy waste to a dump site approved by
the Ha Tinh's Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The company also
had sole responsibilty for the dumping process after taking waste out of
Formosa also said that they had dumping approval
from Ha Tinh's Department of Natural Resources and Environment and tests showed
their waste was not toxic.