Formosa steel plant in Vietnam
restarts after toxic spill
Plastics Group's steel plant in Vietnam restarted on Monday after its
operations were halted for causing one of the country's worst environmental
disasters, local media reported.
Formosa steel factory is seen
in Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province March 31, 2017.Reuters
In April last year, the $11
billion Formosa Ha Tinh Steel plant accidentally spilled toxic waste that
polluted more than 200 km (125 miles) of coastline, devastating sea life and
local economies dependent on fishing and tourism. Taiwanese-owned Formosa
paid $500 million in compensation.
Formosa has met requirements
to test-run its first blast furnace, local media quoted Deputy Environment
Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc as saying.
Authorities will closely
monitor the furnace and the initial result of the run will be available in 24
hours, while waste samples will be taken every five minutes, local media
quoted senior environmental official Hoang Duong Tung as saying.
Formosa has addressed 52 out
of 53 violations identified, Tung said, adding the company was expected to
put in place a dry coking system by 2019 to replace the current wet coking
system, which is cheaper but dirtier.
in March said it would boost investment by about $350 million in the project
to improve environmental safety measures with the hope of starting commercial
production by the fourth quarter of this year.