The 2016 toxic spill into the coastal waters of Central Vietnam was the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s peacetime history. More than 110 tonnes of fish carcasses were collected in the weeks following the release of untreated industrial waste water from the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel (FHS) complex in early April. The livelihoods of thousands of fishermen and aquaculture farmers were severely affected, as were tourist operators. Beaches were only declared safe again for swimming in August.
The key decisions that led to the disaster were made years before the event itself, during the design phase of the plant. In this forthcoming case study, ‘Avoiding Catastrophe’ shows how this incident was both predictable, and because it was so – preventable.
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