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EARTH Finds Outdoor Play Equipment Coated with Dangerous Levels of Lead

EARTH 21 October 2019

Bangkok, Thailand: High levels of lead have been discovered on public playground equipment. The painted play equipment containing dangerous levels of lead poses a serious lead poisoning risk for young children. Environmental health advocates call for urgent action to enforce the ban on the sale and use of lead paint, especially for applications that can expose children to lead contamination.

The Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH) sounded the alarm over lead-painted play equipment as the UN-backed International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is observed from October 20-26 with the focus on eliminating lead paint.

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Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law

08 September 2019 - Croatia's 6th of September deposit of ratification of the 1995 Basel Ban Amendment has allowed this global waste dumping prohibition to finally enter into the force of international law. The Ban Amendment, adopted by the parties to the Basel Convention in 1995, prohibits, the export of hazardous wastes from member states of the European Union, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Liechtenstein to all other countries. With Croatia's ratification, a total of 97 countries have now ratified the ban and most crucially the necessary 3/4 of the parties that were present and voting in 1995. The agreement will become a new Article in the Convention and will enter into force for the 97 countries after 90 days -- December 5th, 2019.

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EEC protests continue

The Nation 05 August 2019

Thirty members of the Network of Eastern Friends led by Gunn Tattiyakul, an NGO activist and coordinator for the Padrew community for sustainable development, protested in front of Government House on Monday while the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) policy committee met inside. 

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Hear people out on EEC

Bangkok Post 25 July 2019 | Editorial

As the state authorities responsible for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) boast of progress in the mega-development project, which spans Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong provinces, a group of local villagers who will be adversely affected by the flagship project are speaking out against it. Such opposition has become familiar.

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Calls for suspension of EEC city plan

Bangkok Post 24 July 2019

Activists say draft lacks local input

A group of residents is urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to suspend a city plan being mulled for development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project, saying it lacks local input.

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EEC protests could escalate, government warned

The Nation 23 July 2019 | PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT

Opponents of the Eastern Economic Corridor city plan have warned they will escalate their protests and might ask the Administrative Court to halt the project indefinitely if the Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) refuses to postpone the draft finalisation beyond August 9 to allow for more public input.

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Recycled electronics are turning Thailand into a 'dumping ground for hazardous waste'

ABC Australia 16 July 2019 | Kathryn Diss

Electronic waste from Western countries, including Australia, is flooding the shores of South-East Asian nations like Thailand, sparking fears of air and water pollution.

In Thailand, scores of new sorting and recycling companies — many of them illegal and with Chinese shareholders — have sprung up in provinces surrounding the country's main port of Laem Chabang. The agricultural district of Chachoengsao, east of Bangkok, is one of the provinces which became a dumping ground for e-waste.

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EEC megaproject draws flak from residents

Bangkok Post 14 July 2019 | Sonthanaporn Inchan

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is a well-known flagship megaproject of the military government. The project aims to turn most of the land in the three provinces of Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong into industrial zones.

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Thailand and ASEAN attempt to curb marine debris

Thai PBS 09 July 2019

In an effort to eliminate marine plastic debris, the 10 member states of ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asia Nations) has adopted “The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region” at the recent 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok.

ASEAN officials describe the document as a testament to the group’s joint attempts to address the problem in a serious and sustainable manner.

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Indonesia to return 210 tonnes of waste to Australia

Aljazeera 09 July 2019

Hazardous material and household rubbish found in containers that should have had only waste paper, authorities say.

Indonesia has said it will send more than 210 tonnes of rubbish back to Australia in the latest move by a South East Asian nation against serving as a "dumping ground" for rich countries.

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