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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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Indian survey finds lead in wall paint 100 times higher than safe limit

Date of Release: 
Nov 20 2013

Out of 250 cans of wall paint tested for lead as part of a survey, 111 had lead concentrations about 100 times higher than the safety standard in most parts of the world. The highest concentration spotted was 1,60,000 parts per million, the safety standard being only about 90ppm.

This could mean that a lot of children may be unknowingly getting exposed to high lead levels in their homes and classrooms. Children in the age group of 0 to 10 years are most vulnerable to neurological impacts of lead exposure.

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When the paint peels off: Sri Lanka and high level of lead in household paints

Date of Release: 
Oct 6 2013

While the Centre for Environmental Justice has painted the town red with its revelations about excessive lead in paints used locally, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) meanwhile has began its whitewashing campaign to paint over the new damning report. The CAA has been in the headlines for the past few days for its failure to ensure the implementation of the law pertaining to hazardous levels of lead content in paint. According to the gazette notificaition, it is only the CAA that can take legal action over this particular matter.

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Thailand's PCD gets Bt11m to clean up Klity

Date of Release: 
Aug 28 2013

The Cabinet has earmarked Bt11.85 million from the annual budget to help the Pollution Control Department efforts in rehabilitating the lead-contaminated Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district, deputy government spokesman Chalitrat Chantharubeksa said yesterday.

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