Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan speaks at a media meeting in Hanoi on April 27. (Photo: VnExpress)
Vietnamese government agencies have said they have not found conclusive evidence showing the connection between Formosa’s steel mill and mass fish deaths along Vietnam’s central coast.
Two possible main causes to the environmental crisis are “toxic discharge from human activities on ground and at sea” and an algal bloom or red tide, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan at a 10-minute press meeting on Wednesday evening.
“Until now, through [our] investigation and evidence gathering, [we] have not found any proof to conclude that there is a link between Formosa, other factories, and the mass fish deaths,” he noted.
Scientists and relevant agencies have not found any indicators in the seawater exceeding Vietnam’s environmental safety standards, he added.
A meeting between Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Science and Technology, and Agricultural and Rural Development took place during nearly five hours in Hanoi Wednesday to find out causes to the ongoing environmental crisis that has stirred public anger and hard hit local economic activities.
This was the first gathering of government agencies after tons of dead fish, including deep-sea species, washed up ashore earlier this month in four provinces along Vietnam’s central coast.
A steel mill of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group is suspected of discharging toxic chemicals through its waste water pipeline.