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Top lawyer condemns delays in Klity Creek clean-up

Date of Release: 
Aug 17 2014

A top human rights lawyer has criticised the Pollution Control Department (PCD) for lengthy delays in the clean-up of Kanchanaburi’s lead-contaminated Klity Creek.

Speaking after a meeting with the PCD, Lawyers Council of Thailand representative Surapong Kongchantuk said the department must speed up restoration of the creek.

The PCD called a meeting of its Klity Creek working committee on Friday, the first since the Supreme Administration Court ordered the department in January last year to restore the creek.

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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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Largest Cleanup in EPA History Proposed

Date of Release: 
Apr 14 2014

In an historic action that will protect people's health and the environment, and benefit riverfront communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey. The sediment in the Passaic River is severely contaminated with dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants from more than a century of industrial activity.

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Thailand: PCD finalises plan on Mae Sot clean-up

Date of Release: 
Apr 12 2013

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has finished drafting a plan to clean up several tracts of land in Tak's Mae Sot district contaminated with cadmium.

The plan will be submitted to the National Environment Board (NEB) for approval next month, PCD chief Wichien Jungrungruang said.

Cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, was detected in three tambons in early 2004 by foreign scientists from the International Water Management Institute.

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U.S. starts its first Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

Date of Release: 
Aug 9 2012

The United States and Vietnam on Thursday began cleaning up the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange on part of Danang International Airport, marking the first time Washington has been involved in cleaning up Agent Orange in Vietnam.

The U.S. military sprayed up to 12 million gallons of the defoliant onto Vietnam's jungles over a 10-year period during the Vietnam War, and the question of compensation for the subsequent health problems is a major post-war issue.

Respiratory cancer and birth defects amongst both Vietnamese and U.S. veterans have been linked to exposure to Agent Orange.

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