The massive die off of aquatic life along Vietnam’s central coast may also have claimed the life of a diver and sickened nine more. The divers were working on the construction of an embankment for the industrial conglomerate Formosa Plastics(FHS). An autopsy was scheduled for the first diver but the results have not been released. The other divers working on the project have skin rashes and elevated levels of copper in their blood.
Tonnes of sea life have been washing ashore since mid-April. Both farmed and wild fish have perished as well as deep water dwellers not normally found near the coastline. Five dead whales have washed ashore in the general area of the industrial construction.
In a surprisingly candid statement from a person speaking on behalf of the industrial complex, Chu Xuan Phan spoke to the Vietnamese press and is quoted below.
Of course, FHS made a great effort to comply with the government’s regulations. Still, if you want a steel mill or you want seafood, you have to choose. Not even the prime minister can have both. Asia Sentinel
His supervisor has commented that Mr. Chu will be disciplined for his unauthorized speech.
There have been unconfirmed reports that divers witnessed large amounts of red liquid pouring from FHS’s discharge pipe.
More than the dead fish are beginning to smell. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Health has announced that the waters are safe and the sea food is safe to eat. Not the ones washing up on the beaches or floating but those that are still swimming. The PM has stated that they will not shield anyone from consequences if they find that the catastrophe was human caused.
Formosa Plastics is investing US$10.5 billion in their first phase of the construction of a steel mill, power plant and port complex. They estimate that once in operation, the steel mill will produce seven million tonnes of steel per year.
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