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Formosa-contaminated fish destroyed in Quảng Trị

Update: September, 19/2016 - 11:48
The central province of Quảng Trị will dump about 70 tonnes of fish harvested after Formosa released toxic waste water into the ocean bordering Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên - Huế late in April. — Photo thoibao.today

QUẢNG TRỊ — The central province of Quảng Trị will dump about 70 tonnes of fish harvested after Formosa released toxic waste water into the ocean bordering Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên - Huế late in April.

The fish, which tested positive for Formosa-contamination, were stored in warehouse freezers in the province after local fishermen failed to sell them out.

The local department of natural resources and environment started collecting the frozen fish and transfering them to designated landfill sites last Saturday in Gio Linh District.

Vĩnh Linh and Triệu Phong districts also have a high proportion of contaminated fish to dispose of safely.

The fish will be covered with giant plastic bags and buried in pits. Lime powder and Chloramine B will be used to treat the waste during the process.

Nguyễn Trường Khoa, deputy director of the department, said the fish were tested for contamination before disposal to ensure less economic losses for fishermen.

Quảng Trị expected to dedicate 90 cubic metres of land and VNĐ100 million (US$4,500) for disposal operations. Formosa pollution is expected to have long term impact on fishermen, the economy of the affected province and the ocean environment. — VNS

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