Ha Tinh Police investigate illegal burying of Formosa toxic waste

The Investigation Police Agency in the north central province of Ha Tinh yesterday afternoon announced a decision to investigate the criminal case in which toxic waste from Formosa Ha Tinh Company was found illegally buried at farm in Ky Anh town.

The Investigation Police Agency in Ha Tinh province announce criminal investigation over the illegal burying of Fomosa toxic waste at a press conference on August 2 (Photo: SGGP)

The illegal dump uncovered at the farm of Le Quang Hoa who is director of Ky Anh Urban Environment Company in Ky Trinh ward in July has violated Clause 182A of the Penal Code on toxic waste management.

The agency’s chief Colonel Bui Dinh Quang said that scouts had inspected and caught 28 year old Le Trung Thanh red handed burying waste mud from Fomosa with an excavator at the farm. Thanh is a worker of the company.

Colonel Bui Dinh Quang said that Ky Anh Urban Environment Company has not been licensed to treat toxic industrial waste. So Formosa Ha Tinh Company’s contract of toxic industrial waste treatment with the company is illegal.

The agency has summoned relevant individuals including the excavator driver, a truck driver who transported the waste from Formosa to the farm and Formosa director Nguu Tan Phat for investigation, he said.

After the investigation of the criminal case, the agency will prosecute related offenders.

In the morning of the same day, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment announced testing results showing that waste mud samples collected at the farm contained cyanide exceeding hazardous levels.

Previously, the ministry took 38 samples of waste mud, 30 samples of soil, one well water sample and three spring water in the dump site and surrounding areas.

Testing results showed that surface and underground water as well as soil in the area are not contaminated by the illegal burying of waste.

Basing on Clause 85 of the Environmental Law and Clause 29 of the Government’s Decree 38/2015 on waste and scarp management, the ministry concluded that the total collected waste of 390.72 tons unlawfully buried at the farm is a mixture of industrial and hazardous waste.

They must be managed according to regulations and transferred to eligible treatment facility.

According to the ministry, Formosa will be penalized for not sorting and exactly determining the volume of toxic waste that must be registered and managed as per regulations, and handing over the waste to the disallowed treatment firm.

In addition, the ministry will ask the company to immediately handle consequences of the illicit dump and transfer. Specifically, Formosa must work with Ky Anh Urban Environment Company to sign contracts with eligible treatment establishments to treat 390.72 tons of waste and pay all costs.

The Ha Tinh Department of Natural Resources and Environment must supervise the waste transport and treatment process to make sure that they will abide by the law.

Formosa has also been required to build a waste treatment plan for the entire steel project and submit the plan to authorized agencies by the end of this month.

By Duong Quang – Translated by Hai Mien

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