Wastewater

Activists slam proposed water pollution act

Date of Release: 
Mar 10 2016

Water conservationists yesterday protested over a proposed amendment to the Water Pollution Control Act (水污染防治法), which would allow treated household wastewater to be added into groundwater systems.

At a public hearing of an amendment to the act, activists said the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) should prohibit all wastewater from entering groundwater systems and help recycle and process effluent to be reused by industries.

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Oil recycling plant closed

Date of Release: 
Jan 29 2016

An illegal oil reprocessing factory in Taoyuan’s Guanyin District (觀音), which is estimated to have processed more than 1 million tonnes of waste engine oil while illicitly discharging untreated wastewater into nearby waterways for the past decade, has been uncovered and shut down by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

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Plant owner jailed for discharging industrial sewage into flush toilet

Date of Release: 
Dec 16 2015

A plant owner was sentenced to one year in prison for discharging industrial wastewater into a flush toilet, a court in east China's Zhejiang Province said Wednesday.

The owner, surnamed Xia, was also fined around 2,000 yuan (320 U.S. dollars) for posing a risk to the local environment, according to the People's Court of Ouhai District, Wenzhou City.

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Construction firm to get Bt9 bn over cancelled Klong Dan project

Date of Release: 
Nov 18 2015

While the government is required to start paying compensation to the constructor of the now-cancelled project, it also has the right to seek compensation from officials found guilty of wrongdoing in relation to the project.

"The compensation will be paid in both baht and US dollars," Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday after attending the Cabinet meeting.

Sansern said the compensation had been approved in response to a request from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

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Cabinet OK B9.8bn 'stupidity fee' over Klong Dan plant

Date of Release: 
Nov 17 2015

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a so-called “stupidity fee” of 9.8 billion baht to the consortium contracted to build the scandal-hit Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant.

The cabinet agreed to divide the payments to the NVPSKG group from the 2016 central budget into three instalments, as suggested by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The first instalment of 40% will be paid Monday while the payments of 30% each are due on May 21 and Nov 21 next year, according to government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

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Bt21 billion to be sought for Klong Dan

Date of Release: 
May 17 2014

Some 14 politicians and civil servants - former and current - will be required to pay more than Bt21 billion in total compensation to the state over losses caused by the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant, according to a Finance Ministry plan.

The former politicians include Vatana Asavahame, a former deputy interior minister, and the late former minister of science, technology and environment Yingpan Manasikarn.

Vatana is now on the run.

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Pollution plagues China's Baoding despite bid to clean up act

Date of Release: 
May 14 2014

Seven years ago, the Chinese city of Baoding launched an ambitious "low-carbon" plan using renewables like solar power to light its streets and heat residential buildings, putting it at the forefront of the country's battle to cut pollution.

In 2013, Baoding was still the third most polluted city in the country, with levels of harmful particles in the air more than 40 percent above those in the nearby capital Beijing.

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Phuket pollution raises tourism stink

Date of Release: 
May 4 2014

On April 25, the sea off Ban Bang Thao in Phuket’s Thalang district turned from emerald green to black, causing tourists to flee the beach.

Needless to say, this has the potential to spell doom for the resort province that depends so heavily on tourism.

It’s the second time in a month that the Bang Thao waters have become heavily polluted.

The first was reported during the Songkran period, when blackened water was seen from the shoreline stretching many metres out to sea.

That’s more than enough to ruin the reputation of the primary industry of this Andaman Sea tourism mecca.

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More evidence of severe pollution in Thailand's water

Date of Release: 
Apr 11 2014

In a severe aggravation of pollution, an 800-metre-long trace of wastewater discharged into the Tha Chin River was found near Samut Sakhon’s Khlong Om Noi sluice gate, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s Wastewater Management Authority said yesterday.

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Dawei village to sue Thai mining firm over environmental impacts

Date of Release: 
Mar 18 2014

In a press release Sunday, disseminated by US campaign group Earth Rights International, residents of Myaung Pyo village said they would complain to Dawei District Court over the operations of Thailand’s Myanmar Pongpipat Company and state-owned Mining Enterprise 2, which falls under the Ministry of Mining.

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