Pollution Control Department

PCD steers up five-year and 20-year pollution control plans

Date of Release: 
Jun 11 2016

BANGKOK, 11 June 2016 (NNT) – The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is preparing to execute five-year and 20-year pollution management plans alongside a new National Economic and Social Development Plan to ensure proper pollution control.

PCD Director General Wijarn Simachaya said the department has issued the five-year and 20-year pollution management plans for periods during 2017-2021 and during 2017-2036 in order to push forward pollution control operations in Thailand.

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Pollution Control Dept to restore Khli Ti Stream in Kanchanaburi Province after lead contamination

Date of Release: 
Jun 28 2016

KANCHANABURI, 28 June 2016 (NNT) - The Pollution Control Department is preparing to restore Khli Ti Stream in Kanchanaburi province after lead contamination. The project is expected to take 1,000 days and has a budget of 584 million baht.

Director-General of the Pollution Control Department Wijarn Simachaya said that with a finalized budget of 584 million baht, the department has commenced with the e-bidding process, which will conclude on August 11. After the auction, the winning bidder will be able to begin project operations in the same month.

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Thailand and the Lao PDR have agreed on cross-border pollution management efforts

Date of Release: 
Jul 14 2016

BANGKOK, 14 July 2016 (NNT) - Thailand and the Lao PDR have agreed on pollution management efforts and ways to cope with cross-border pollution, particularly wildfire smoke.

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Klity offers lessons for us all

Date of Release: 
Jul 18 2016

The scene is almost deja vu: A group of Karen villagers dressed in traditional costume and their representative lawyers clad in solemn suits hold their hands high in victory. The location is the Supreme Court. Journalists rush to interview them and file reports that read: "Klity villagers win court battle". Again.

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Govt to seek retrial of Klong Dan case

Date of Release: 
May 17 2016

THE Cabinet resolved yesterday to seek an Administrative Court retrial in the corruption-plagued Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant case, in which the government was ordered to pay Bt9.6-billion compensation to the contractors for cancelling its construction.

The Finance Ministry was assigned by the Cabinet to approach the court again, Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.

The government would attempt to prove that the NVPSKG consortium of contractors had distorted facts and been instrumental in the irregularity involving state officials.

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Klity villagers fight never-ending battle

Date of Release: 
Apr 27 2016

Justice delayed is justice denied. This legal maxim hit the victims of the Klity creek lead poisoning tragedy hard on Tuesday.

Ethnic Karen forest dweller Kamthorn Srisuwanmala, 47, and other victims of the lead poisoning at Klity Lang, Kanchanaburi, arrived at the provincial court with high hopes. They left with heavy hearts.

The Supreme Court was scheduled to issue the final verdict in their court case against Lead Concentrates (Thailand), the mining company which released toxic waste water into their creek for decades, resulting in numerous deaths, illnesses and disabilities.

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Neighbouring countries to get devices to check air-quality

Date of Release: 
Apr 21 2016

THAILAND HAS installed devices for air-quality checks in Laos, and will make similar installations in Myanmar and Cambodia in a bid to fight the threat of smog.

Pollution Control Department (PCD) director-general Wijarn Simachaya disclosed yesterday that the installation in Vientiane had already been completed.

"Next year, we will install similar devices in the two other neighbouring countries," he said.

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Air Force, officials tackle smog

Date of Release: 
Mar 25 2016

‘Water flights’ planned to counter pollution in Chiang Rai as residents risk health problems; agricultural fires blamed

SEVEN provinces in the North are now suffering bad air pollution, with Chiang Rai the hardest-hit and residents at risk of developing health problems. As of yesterday, the amount of small dust particles (PM10) in Chiang Rai jumped to 304 micrograms per cubic metre of air - far over the safe level of 120 micrograms.

In a bid to help ease the air-quality problem, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will dispatch planes to spray water to mitigate the problem.

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Smog levels start to climb in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

THE AMOUNT of small particulate matter of up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces has gone beyond safety levels for two consecutive days, while the readings in other provinces in the North remained within the safe level of 120 micrograms per cubic metre.

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Settle Klong Dan case

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

The corruption-plagued Klong Dan waste water treatment project made news headlines this week. Seven officials, including former natural resources and environment minister Prapat Panyachatraksa, petitioned the Central Administrative Court asking for a review of the high-profile graft case.

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