Enforcement and Compliance News

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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Polluted village demands compensation from factories

Date of Release: 
Mar 21 2016

TRANG -- Residents of a village polluted by two factories producing raw rubber sheets say they have been offered too little compensation for the daily health hazards they face.

The people of Moo 1 village in tambon Na Muang Phet, Sikao district, complain the two nearby factories have discharged polluted water and emitted foul smells, causing hundreds of adults and children to suffer from chronic coughing, lung ailments and asthma for more than two years.

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Alarm over Rayong fish deaths

Date of Release: 
Mar 19 2016

RAYONG — Fishermen and activists in this eastern province want an investigation into the exact cause of mass fish deaths, which authorities insist are part of a natural phenomenon that occurs every year.

However, some local people suspect waste discharged from factories at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate could be linked to the thousands of dead fish that have washed up on Ta Kuan beach.

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Getting off scot-free: how CEOs survive environmental controversies unscathed

Date of Release: 
Mar 12 2016

Volkswagen announced on Wednesday that its top US boss, Michael Horn, would be leaving the company “effective immediately”, six months after the car giant’s global CEO resigned as the emissions cheating scandal became public. But a CEO losing his or her job following an environmental controversy is more the exception than the rule, according to a new study.

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Getting off scot-free: how CEOs survive environmental controversies unscathed

Date of Release: 
Mar 12 2016

Volkswagen announced on Wednesday that its top US boss, Michael Horn, would be leaving the company “effective immediately”, six months after the car giant’s global CEO resigned as the emissions cheating scandal became public. But a CEO losing his or her job following an environmental controversy is more the exception than the rule, according to a new study.

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VN invents air pollution control system

Date of Release: 
Mar 20 2016

Scientists of the Viet Nam National University’s technology university have successfully developed an air pollution management system using satellite photos.

Dr Nguyen Thi Nhat Thanh, from the research team, said Vietnam had not been able to control the increasing volume of emissions from industrial production, transport, construction and rapid urbanisation.

The level of dust nationwide is measured by only six automatic observation stations managed by the Environment General Department, she said, adding that an air pollution warning system was urgently needed.

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India has most environment conflict cases

Date of Release: 
Jan 25 2016

With over 200 cases of ecological conflicts and environmental injustice India tops a list of 11 countries in The Environmental Justice Atlas, an online interactive portal that maps exemplary cases of peoples’ resistance against climate change and environment degradation.

EJAtlas.org is conceived by the Environmental Justice, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project and funded by the European Commission as a global research project operated during 2011–2015. It maps ecological conflicts, resistances and environmental injustices, mostly in the developing world.

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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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Green business to reap environmental policy rewards

Date of Release: 
Mar 20 2016

China’s latest round of green policies offers opportunities for environmental and renewable energy companies, analysts say, although a tougher enforcement regime may trip up those who fail to adhere to the new rules.

Environmental protection is one of the eight priorities in this year’s Government Work Plan, while the 13th Five-Year Plan outline presented to the National People’s Congress also calls for stringent environmental regulations.

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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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