Public opposition prompted Vietnamese authority to scrap plans to dump about 1 million cubic meters of sludge into the Binh Thuan Sea.
A Chinese plant has already been given permission to dump a million cubic meters of mud in the area.
The Vietnamese government has asked four central provinces hit by the April 2016 environment disaster linked to the Taiwanese steel conglomerate Formosa to uphold a fishing ban within 20 nautical miles of the coast as the environment has yet to recover
In Vietnam, a scandal surrounding the mass die-off of fish has created an explosive wave of debate and activism on social media, particularly Facebook. Responding to the social media outcry, many rallied in cities across Vietnam on Sunday, during a national four-day holiday. The rallies took place at an unprecedented scale, spanning three regions.
The protests responded to the mass deaths of fish, a crisis that has been ravaging Vietnam’s four central-coast provinces since early April. The environmental disaster has killed thousands of fish and caused financial and environmental damages to fishermen and people living in what was already one of the country’s most vulnerable regions. The cause is unconfirmed as yet, but many Vietnamese suspect pollution from a steel plant operated by a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Group.