EARTH Thailand

Environment issue at hand

The Nation 06 January 2010 

About 20 villagers from Map Ta Phut were today in Bangkok, asking for participation in the panel.

Meanwhile, Rayong Governor Sayumporn Limthai complained that the province's pollution reduction plan has failed to win the National Environment Board's endorsement after seven revisions since last October. From 300 proposed projects worth Bt10 billion, the plan was revised to cover only 46 projects worth Bt200 million.

Supat Wangwongwatana, director-general of Pollution Control Department, said that the revisions follow lack of clarity of the projects on how to solve the pollution problems.

He added that there is no clarity which agency will implement most of the proposed projects, and this would result in redundancy.