Keep iron mine closed: province


Update: August, 07/2017 – 09:00

A digger removes the soil and sand layers of the Thạch Khê iron mine in the central province of Hà Tĩnh. — VNA/VNS Photo Hà Thái
HÀ TĨNH — The central province of Hà Tĩnh has asked the Government not to resume activities of the Thạch Khê iron mine, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

The iron exploitation project was approved in 2007 at a cost of VNĐ1.59 trillion (US$69.9 million) and the relocation of 3,000 households, but suspended in 2011 after local authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns.

Despite the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s rejection last week of a proposal to shut down the mine, Hà Tĩnh authorities want the suspension of activities to continue.

Dương Tất Thắng, vice chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said this would not be a good time to resume iron mining since local residents are still recovering from the mass fish deaths caused last year by the Taiwanese Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Steel Corporation.

Shortcomings of the iron mining project were revealed during the committee’s recent meetings with scientists, Thắng said.

Some legal documents on which the environmental impact report was based have expired, since it was written a long time ago, he added. Insufficient infrastructure has been developed to serve the iron exploitation and no long-term solutions have been offered to support the livelihoods of the affected households.

The project’s investor should conduct extensive studies of waste discharge points by the Thạch Đồng River and Thạch Hải Beach, Thắng added.

Environmental monitoring stations should be established on both sides of each waste discharge point to provide overall monitoring of heavy metals, he said.

This is an important issue that should be taken into careful consideration after last year’s environmental catastrophe, he said.

Provincial authorities have requested, in written documents, that the Government clarify the investor’s capital investment, the project’s long-term economic benefits, its exploitation, processing, and marketing techniques, as well as its plans to help workers move to other jobs after it is completed, as well as solutions to protect the local environment, he said. — VNS


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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