EARTH Thailand


Former PCD chief and two officials to pay 10.5 billion baht in infamous Klong Dan case

Thai PBS 05 September 2020

Thailand’s Central Administrative Court has ordered former Director-General of the Pollution Control Department, Pakit Kiravanich, and two former senior officials of the same department, to pay the department about 10.5 billion baht in compensation for damage caused to the state over the controversial Klong Dan water treatment project in Samut Prakan province.


Forum on “Exploring Ideas Towards the Cooperation on the Sustainable Management of Toxic Waste in the Eastern Region"

Sunday 30 August 2020 | 9.00 am to 1.30 pm at Ratcharoen Satthatham Temple, Grok Somboon Subdistrict, Si Mahapho District, Prachinburi Province

EnLaw Foundation in collaboration with the Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) and the People’s Networks and Partnership on Monitoring the Waste Problems, have co-organized a forum on "Exploring Ideas Towards the Cooperation on the Sustainable Management of Toxic Waste in the Eastern Region” for discussing on the waste pollution problems in Thailand’s eastern region, and brainstorming ideas and solutions to prevent Thailand for becoming ‘the garbage bin of the world’. The recommendations will be submitted to the government.


Criminal recycling scams 'profit from plastic waste surge'

CTV News 27 August 2020 | Kelly Macnamara

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- Criminal networks are profiting from an "overwhelming" surge in plastic waste being shipped from rich countries to Asia and stoking pollution by burning and dumping waste that was supposed to be recycled, a report by Interpol said Thursday.


Problems of plastic waste

Thai PBS News 24 August 2020

Thai PBS News explores the problems of plastic waste in Thailand which the domestic recycling industry has been affected by imported plastic wastes despite of its poor quality and impacts to environment. However, it is estimated that the imports of waste to Thailand will increase to 650,000 tonnes next year, possibly to serve Chinese investors.


EARTH & Thai PBS Organized Citizen Journalism Workshop for the Pollution Monitoring Volunteer Network

23 August 2020 | Reported by EARTH

The Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) in collaboration with Thai PBS’s Citizen Media Network organized a citizen journalism workshop for the representatives of the industrial pollution affected communities.  


Green Groups Denounce Europe’s “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

PRESS RELEASE 07 July 2020 

In April of last year, the European Union joined Norway in co-sponsoring amendments to the world's only waste treaty to establish new trade controls on the dirtiest and most unrecyclable plastic wastes. These amendments were passed in response to countless human rights abuses, and environmental pollution caused by unregulated plastic waste dumping. Such problematic plastic wastes now will require prior consent by importing nations, and are listed under Annex II of the Basel Convention as "wastes requiring special consideration."


Wastewater sparks local ire

Bangkok Post 08 June 2020 | Anchalee Kongrut

Farm villagers in Ban Khai district in Rayong province have threatened legal action over wastewater pollution from a local recycling factory.

"Over the past few years, we have sent petitions to every channel possible, yet the pollution in our community has not been resolved. As our country still has a court and judicial system, we will seek help from the administrative court," said Paradorn Chanasoonthorn, founder of Network of Surface Water Monitoring, a local environmental watchdog.


Polluting Factories in Nong Pawa Ordered to Shut Down after a Decade of Community Outcry

06 June 2020 | Reported by EARTH

After repeated complaints to several government agencies over the past ten years by Nong Pawa villagers in Bang But subdistrict, Ban Khai district of Rayong province, who have been affected by chronic water pollution caused by Win Process Company’s recycling factories, the local residents have witnessed that their decade-long polluting problems in the area remain unsolved.


Lock Down Mining, Stop Exploiting Opportunity to Give Mining Concession

Statement by the Network of People Who Own Mineral Resources | 28 April 2020

The Network of People Who Own Mineral Resources issued a statement today (28 April) calling for the authorities to equally impose the Emergency Decree by halting all mining operation and mine licensing process. 


Samsung sends apology letters to father of leukemia victim from semiconductor factory

The Hankyoreh 24 April 2020 | Koo Bon-kwon, senior staff writer

Hwang Sang-ki has spent the last 13 years calling for Samsung to take responsibility for its negligence

On Apr. 21, a letter arrived for Hwang Sang-ki, president of Banollim, the human rights watchdog group for semiconductor workers, and father of Hwang Yu-mi, who passed away from acute leukemia after working at a Samsung Electronics semiconductor factory. It was an apology sent by Samsung Electronics CEO Kim Ki-nam.