VIETNAM PUNISHED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR STEEL MILL DISASTER

02/27/2017

Vietnam’s Communist Party Inspection Commission announced the names of 11 government and industry officials who will be held responsible for the environmental disaster at the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel steel mill last year. It was discovered that the mill had committed more than 50 violations, including using an outdated production process, which led to a “toxic leak” that polluted 200 kilometers of coastline, killed over 100 tons of fish, and left many in the affected area without employment. The guilty government officials will either be transferred to other departments or faced with (unspecified) “administrative action.” For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-environment-formosa-plastics-idUKKBN1611FA and http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-environment-formosa-plastics-idUSKBN1380WH