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Formosa Plastics suspected of toxic leak in Vietnam

A Vietnamese fisherman recovers a dead fish in Lang Co, Hue, some 300km south of a suspect Taiwanese steelworks in Ha Tinh Province.

HO CHI MINH CITY/TAIPEI -- A steel unit of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group has been accused of causing serious pollution that has blighted fisheries off north-central Vietnamese provinces by releasing untreated wastewater into a nearby sea.

     Evidence of poisoning came to light in a Facebook posting on April 2 after tons of shrimp and clams perished when seawater was pumped into their rearing ponds. Similar reports followed from areas further south in the same sea current off Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Hue.

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