Enforcement and Compliance News
Flight in North cancelled as haze problem worsens
Mar 20 2016
KAN Air cancelled a Chiang Mai-bound flight yesterday after the haze problem in Mae Hong Son rose to high levels in the Upper North, resulting in visibility being restricted to less than 1,000 metres, Mae Hong Son Airport chief Weerawat Thadong said.
Weerawat said the 12pm flight cancellation was a safety precaution.
The noon cancellation resulted in some affected passengers being transported to the city in vans, while others postponed their travel plans.
The level of small particulate matter up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) recorded in Mae Hong Son was 233 mcg in the morning, and rose to 244 mcg at 5pm.
Anything above 120 micrograms is considered unsafe...
Green business to reap environmental policy rewards
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.
Hard targets on pollution back up these resolutions. In 2016, organic water pollutants will be cut by another 2 per cent while sulfur and nitrogen-based air pollutants may go down by 3 per cent. In addition, a significant cut in airborne...
VN invents air pollution control system
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.
The new system measures air pollution based on data from a satellite station at the Hanoi-based technology...
‘Green vote’ and the economy
Mar 19 2016
The ‘Green Vote’ campaign by non-government organizations should go beyond politics and involve a comprehensive discussion about the environment and economy, private think tank ADR Institute on Strategic and International Studies said.
ADRI president Dindo Manhit said ‘green vote’ manifests the loud call for the next government to approach the issues of environment and economics as one comprehensive agenda.
Renowned geologist and ADRI trustee CP David agreed, saying that environmental issues facing the country are complex and will need to be seriously addressed by the candidates.
“Aside from mining, politicians vying for national positions should debate on marine...
Alarm over Rayong fish deaths
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.
"In all my 60 years I've never seen such massive fish deaths," said Lamom Boonyong, chairman of the Ban Paknam small-scale fishermen's group. "Most of the dead fish are species that are quite resilient. Among them are pla salit hin (rabbitfish) and pla singto (lionfish).
BMA dredges weeds out of canals for water management
Mar 18 2016
BANGKOK, 18 March 2016 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has dispatched more than 500 officials to different areas across the capital city to remove water hyacinths, as part of efforts to mitigate flood and drought.
Bangkok Deputy Governor Amorn Kitchawengkul presided over the opening ceremony at Lat Krabang district. The event was attended by Director of the Department of Drainage and Sewerage Sompong Wiangkaew, relevant division heads, and BMA officials.
Mr. Amorn explained that the canal cleanup was aimed at improving the capital city’s drainage system. The BMA is to complete the task by the end of the month, as instructed by the prime minister....
Central Taiwan may be marked air pollution control zone
Mar 18 2016
Central Taiwan might be designated a top-grade air pollution control zone, while a Taichung City bylaw aiming to limit coal burning to curb air pollution might be approved by the central government next week, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.
At a meeting of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday, EPA Minister Wei Kuo-yen (魏國彥) said that by the end of this year, Taichung, Changhua and Nantou might be designated as class-three air pollution control zones, where pollution is most severe according to the agency’s three-class categorization system.
The area was identified for potential designation as a class-three...
Level of PM2.5 in India has not surpassed that of China: Govt
Mar 17 2016
Government has rubbished the report brought out last month by the NGO Green Peace India stating that the level of hazardous PM2.5 in India exceeded that of China, last year, saying that its findings were based on the extrapolated and constructed data without field validation.
"The report brought out by the Green Peace is based on the extrapolated and constructed data without field validation," the government said.The steps taken by the government to mitigate air pollution in metropolitan cities in the country included Notification of National Ambient Air Quality Standards envisaging 12 pollutants, formulation of environmental regulation/statutes and promotion of cleaner production...
Villagers cry 'foul' over garbage recycling plant
Mar 17 2016
RATCHABURI -- Residents of village 1 in tambon Nam Phu of Muang district have put up cloth banners in front of their houses along the Nam Phu-Nong Nok Karian road protesting against a smelly garbage recycling plant near their community.
They complain the plant has emitted foul chemical smells for about 15 years. Some of them had put "For sale" signs outside their homes because they could no longer tolerate the bad smell.
About 100 villagers gathered at the community hall on Thursday, preparing to submit a petition letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha through a local government agency.
Thanu Ngamyingyuad, a village representative, said officials from the...
Settle Klong Dan case
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.
The seven plaintiffs who were responsible for the project are being investigated for alleged negligence causing damage to the state -- a charge which, if substantiated, will make them held collectively accountable for the 10 billion baht in compensation to the project contractor, NVPSKG consortium, as ruled by the Supreme Administrative Court and the arbitration panel.
Mr Prapat said on...