RFA reported that foul-smelling yellow smoke belched from the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel factory’s chimneys in Ky Anh district in the coastal province of Ha Tinh in Vietnam on 22 October due to a fire inside the plant. The odor permeated everything in the area, even about 10 kilometers from the factory. Police Director Phong said an exhaust fan in the coking workshop of the factory's energy department malfunctioned causing a fire that spewed an opaque yellow smoke. An investigation is underway The Formosa factory has a poor reputation. In 2016, it caused Vietnam’s worst-ever environmental disaster when it discharged toxic chemicals into the ocean, devastating more than a hundred miles of coastline in four central provinces of Vietnam.Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group, the primary investor in the steel plant, offered USD 500 million to clean up and compensate people affected by the spill, but the government has faced protests over the amount and terms of the settlement, as well as the slow pace of payouts.