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Vietnam says Taiwanese company responsible for fish deaths

  • In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, image made from video provided by Vietnam's VTV, chairman of Taiwan's Formosa steel plant Chen Yuan Cheng, third from left, and company officials bow as a gesture of apology in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's government announced Thursday that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (VTV via AP Video)

    In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, image made from video provided by Vietnam's VTV, chairman of Taiwan's Formosa steel plant Chen Yuan Cheng, third from left, and company officials bow as a gesture of apology in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's government announced Thursday that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (VTV via AP Video)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chair of the Vietnamese Government Office, Minister Mai Tien Dung speaks at a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Vietnam's government announced Thursday that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)

    Chair of the Vietnamese Government Office, Minister Mai Tien Dung speaks at a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Vietnam's government announced Thursday that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this April 28, 2016, photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Vietnam's government announced Thursday, June 30, 2016, that Taiwan's Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp. was responsible for an estimated 70 tons of dead fish that began washing ashore along more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) of coastline in four central provinces in early April. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation.(Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP)

    In this April 28, 2016, photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Vietnam's government announced Thursday, June 30, 2016, that Taiwan's Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp. was responsible for an estimated 70 tons of dead fish that began washing ashore along more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) of coastline in four central provinces in early April. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation.(Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Vietnam's government has announced that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast that put many fishermen out of work.

The head of the Government Office, Mai Tien Dung, told a news conference that the subsidiary of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group was responsible for an estimated 70 tons of dead fish that began washing ashore along more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) of coastline in four central provinces in early April.

Dung said the subsidiary, Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp., will have to pay $500 million to compensate affected people, clean up the environment and help fishermen find new jobs.

The company's chairman, Chen Yuan Cheng, apologized in a video shown at the news conference and said it accepts full responsibility.