He inspected the waste treatment area and production line of Hung Nghiep in Ha Tinh province, underlining the need to consider the environmental matter a vital factor in carrying out its large-scale steel project.
The government leader said the government, Ha Tinh and neighboring provinces, and the Hung Nghiep Formosa Steel Company have done everything they can to repair damage from the environmental incident that occurred in the central region in early 2016.
The steel plant has been so far the largest foreign investment project in Vietnam with more than US$11 billion. However, it caused the most serious maritime environmental incident in the country, Phuc said.
He acknowledged the efforts of relevant ministries, sectors and localities in dealing with the incident as well as ensuring security, social order and safety, and socio-economic development in the four affected localities.
Formosa had admitted its responsibility for the incident and seriously dealt with the consequences, he said, adding that the company is installing the latest equipment of environmental treatment.
The moves have demonstrated the investor’s determination in their recovery work while affirming the Vietnamese Government’s viewpoint of facilitating operation of investors to do business successfully in the country, he added.
He asked FHS to apply the new cutting-edge technologies and equipment in the production line to address the incident.
The PM assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to take responsibility before the Government and the Prime Minister with regards to the installation of monitoring equipment in order to ensure environmental indicators.
Regarding recovery and compensation, the PM said the Government will continue allocating resources in a timely manner to facilitate post-incident production recovery in line with the law.
Vietnam is striving to be one of the countries having the best environment in the region, so authorities at all levels need to facilitate investors' business operations in the country, he noted.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment affirmed that the marine environment in the four provinces has been safe for beaches, underwater sports, aquatic breeding and preservation.
The FHS has admitted its responsibility, made a public apology to the Vietnamese government and people, paid US$500 million in compensation, and taken steps to correct environmental violations.