Academic panel to review dam report

Date of Release: 
Oct 15 2013

A GOVERNMENT-assigned academic panel has been assigned to look into the environmental impact of the Mae Wong dam in Nakhon Sawan, after environmentalists raised eight points of concern over the project's environmental and health impact assessment (EHIA) report.

Meanwhile, the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) said it would halt plant to construct the dam, now listed under the government's Bt 350-billion water and flood management scheme.


Thailand: Environmental panels for impact study to be dissolved

Date of Release: 
Jan 9 2013

The National Environmental Board (NEB) will dissolve three expert panels that study impact assessment reports for government projects and other activities, in a bid to end what officials say is a double standard in such reports for state projects versus private-sector projects.

A prominent environmentalist worried that the plan to dissolve the panels was aimed at speeding up the approval process for the government's Bt350-billion water-management projects, which require environmental and health impact assessments.

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