Map Ta Phut Studies
Map Ta Phut Industrial Estates have currently housed over 90 industrial facilities including oil refineries, petrochemical and chemical facilities and hazardous waste landfills and treatment facility with over 200 stacks emitting toxic pollution into the air of 25 surrounding communities.
Over two decades of industrial development have turned the area, once rooted by small rural farming and fishing communities, into a number one toxic hot spot in the country. The rapid industrialization has resulted in deterioration of natural resources and changes in social and economic structure following by numerous social, socio-economic, environmental, and health problems. Accumulated pollution and environmental problems as well as mysterious diseases have been emerging, as very much linked to each other, and drastically affect small locals who are weak in power to negotiate with the powerful industries or bureaucratic agencies.
Laem Chabang Port: Surrounding area declared disaster-hit zone
The Nation 27 November 2009
Leakage claims one life as families evacuated; mobile medical unit dispatched to neighbouring community as 191 locals queue up for treatment for exposure.read more...
Court rules to halt industrial projects
Bangkok Post 30 September 2009
Pollution in some areas takes turn for the worse
The Administrative Court has issued an injunction suspending the operating permits of 76 industrial projects - including many at Rayong's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate - which have been granted government approval.read more...
Rayong appeal discussed: PTT and SCG lead Map Ta Phut response
Bangkok Post 02 October 2009
The country's industrial giants gathered yesterday to discuss the court-ordered suspension of permits at Map Ta Phut and whether the private sector could petition the court to relax its orders.read more...
Abhisit agrees to talks with protesters
Bangkok Post 11 September 2009
Villagers want industry permits put on hold
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says he is willing to hold talks with villagers affected by pollution and now protesting in front of Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong province.read more...
IEAT seeks legal advice: Extent of Map Ta Phut curbs unclear
Bangkok Post 03 October 2009
The government agency in charge of the Map Ta Phut industrial area hopes to obtain a legal interpretation within the next week of a court ruling that has halted 76 industrial projects at the complex in Rayong province.read more...
Cleaner air in Map Ta Phut
Bangkok Post 05 March 2009 | EDITORIAL
Belated though it is, the Rayong provincial administrative court's ruling on Tuesday that areas surrounding the Map Ta Phut industrial estate be declared a pollution control zone, is indeed welcome news. It represents a breeze of clean air not only for the 27 Map Ta Phut residents who took the case to court, but also for their neighbours who have for years been suffering from the toxic chemicals released into the environment by factories in the industrial estate.read more...
Court to look into details of 76 industrial developments
Bangkok Post 28 August 2009
Villagers seek an order to stop project permits
The Central Administrative Court has ordered eight agencies to provide it with details of 76 industrial projects planned for development in Rayong's Map Ta Phut area.read more...
27 workers faint after gas leakage
Bangkok Post 13 February 2009
Twenty-seven workers of PTT Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTCH) reportedly became unconscious after gas leaked from a factory located in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong on Friday.read more...
Residents, activists file court complaints over coal plant
The Nation 04 July 2012
Environmental activists and Map Ta Phut residents yesterday lodged a complaint against a mayor, accusing him of ignoring questionable practices at a coal processing plant despite more than five years of complaints by the community.read more...
Conservationists call on govt to rethink on Dawei project
The Nation 19 September 2012 | SUPALAK GANJANAKHUNDEE
Thailand's Map Ta Phut industrial estate cannot be considered a good model for Myanmar's Dawei project because it created a lot of industrial pollution in the area, Bangkok-based conservationists said yesterday.read more...
Map Ta Phut residents set to take IEAT to court
The Nation 07 December 2012
Some 114 local residents in Rayong's Map Tha Phut district have decided to file a lawsuit against the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), demanding that it give them Bt160 million in compensation for environmental and health damages.read more...
Huge fire continues in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate
The Nation 05 May 2012
Firefighters and police still could not control a blaze at a tire factory in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong province on Saturday.read more...
Seven critical after chemical factory blaze
The Nation 06 May 2012
Some 47 people were injured - seven of them critically - after a fire broke out yesterday at the Bangkok Synthetics factory in Map Ta Phut.
The sky over the Rayong industrial estate was covered with thick black smoke from chemicals burnt during the blaze. Deputy Public Health Minister Dr Surawit Khonsomboon warned people in Rayong not to store rainwater for consumption, as it may be contaminated by toxic chemicals released by the fire.read more...
BST facility suspended after deadly explosion
The Nation 06 May 2012
Bangkok Synthetics Plc's operations in Map Ta Phut, Rayong has been suspended, following the explosion at its synthetic tyre furnace on May 5.
Industry Minister Pongsawat Svasti said today, before accompanying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's helicopter ride to Rayong, that he has also ordered a throrough check of security systems at all facilities in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate as well as the air condition.read more...
Hazard alert after fatal blaze
The Nation 07 May 2012 | Chumphon Nikhomruk, Pongphon Sarnsamak
Toll of 11 dead, 129 injured after Bangkok Synthetics factory fire in Map Ta Phut; industry minister says air quality in Rayong normal, but health officials suspect toluene leak played role in deaths
A tripartite committee to be set up to gauge the extent of chemical contamination after a plastics plant burst into flames in Rayong on Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring 129.read more...
PM pays heed to industrial impact fears
Bangkok Post 19 September 2009
Map Ta Phut residents single out 55 projects
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has vowed to look into the environmental impact of industrial projects in Rayong's Map Ta Phut area after getting first-hand information from locals.read more...
List of harmful industries due next week
Bangkok Post 28 August 2009
A list of harmful industries will take effect next week as authorities hope to allay investors' concerns about requirements for environmental and health impact assessments, Industry Minister Chanchai Chairungruang said yesterday.read more...
MAP TA PHUT: Possible for obstacles to be cleared by Feb: Anand
The Nation 25 November 2009
The obstacles to the 76 industrial projects in Rayong could be cleared by February so some of them could resume construction, a special panel looking into the situation said yesterday.read more...
PTT consolidation on hold until Map Ta Phut ruling
The Nation 18 November 2009 | Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul
PTT Group's consolidation is set to be delayed until the Supreme Administrative Court rules on the fate of 76 industrial projects in Map Ta Phut and nearby areas that have been suspended.read more...
Govt strictly follows Map Ta Phut recommendation
The Nation 20 November 2009 | Pongphon Sarnsamak, Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul
The government yesterday decided to withdraw draft amendments to Environment Protection Act that comply with the Constitution's Article 67 (2) as recommended by the four-party panel, which is promising to end the Map Ta Phut controversy within five months.read more...
The government must protect the rights and safety of villagers in Map Ta Phut: A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
29 September 2010
Map Ta Phut in Rayong district is a long-standing major industrial and manufacturing area along the eastern seaboard of Thailand. In June 2009, Map Ta Phut villagers and the Stop Global Warming Association sued eight Thai state agencies in relation to the ongoing health and environmental effects caused by heavy industry and manufacturing.read more...
Map Ta Phut deadlock 'can be resolved'
Bangkok Post 20 November 2009 | Vichaya Pitsuwan, Chatrudee Theparat and Apinya Wipatayotin
Business leaders feel panel can restore trust
Business executives and community representatives are cautiously optimistic a four-party panel will help break the deadlock over new investment projects at Map Ta Phut.read more...
More court battles loom over Map Ta Phut projects impasse
Bangkok Post 19 November 2009 | Vichaya Pitsuwan and Mongkol Bangprapa
The People's Eastern Network is threatening further court battles over the Map Ta Phut dispute unless the Supreme Administrative Court stands by a lower court's injunction order.read more...
Map Ta Phut panel wins wide support
Bangkok Post 13 November 2009 | Vichaya Pitsuwan and Mongkol Bangprapa
Most of those affected by the environmental problems at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate are confident the government's latest initiative to resolve the impasse will result in a breakthrough.read more...
Fate of 181 big projects in balance
Bangkok Post 03 November 2009
Activists ready to fight investors on pollution
More than 180 major investment projects are hanging in the balance after activists vowed to seek a special court order to halt them under a constitutional article covering health and environmental impacts.read more...
Minister says he will rescue Map Ta Phut
Bangkok Post 10 November 2009 | Apinya Wipatayotin
Pollution to be fixed 'within three months'
RAYONG: Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu has told people affected by industrial pollution in Map Ta Phut he will improve the environment within three months.read more...
PTT losses could top B262bn
Bangkok Post 29 October 2009 | Yuthana Praiwan
RAYONG : PTT Plc, the country's largest energy conglomerate, faces potential opportunity losses of 262 billion baht per year due to delays in completing its 25 ongoing projects in Map Ta Phut.read more...
Air checks point to cancer risk
Bangkok Post 23 October 2009 | Apinya Wipatayotin
The amount of cancer-causing substances found in industrial estates in Rayong is dangerously high, according to air-quality checks by green groups.
Ecological, Alert and Recovery-Thailand (Earth) and US-based Global Community Monitor visited industrial sites in the province on Wednesday to measure air pollutants.read more...
Environmental draft amendments approved
The Nation 14 October 2009
The Cabinet yesterday approved draft amendments to the Environmental Protection Act of 1992, to comply with Article 67 of the Constitution.read more...
Cabinet approves environment law amendment
Bangkok Post 13 October 2009
The cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft amendment to the 1992 Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act as proposed by the Council of State, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said.read more...
Planned law changes criticised
Bangkok Post 14 October 2009
The cabinet yesterday approved changes to environmental legislation despite claims by activists that they would do little to solve the problems associated with the Map Ta Phut industrial estate.read more...
Map Ta Phut needs to earn public confidence
The Nation 08 May 2012 | ACHARA DEBOONME
The disaster last weekend at Map Ta Phut, the country's largest petrochemical complex, is not the first and will probably not be the last as long as good safety measures are not put in place and strictly enforced.read more...
Opposition re-emerges to Map Ta Phut projects
The Nation 08 May 2012
The Eastern People's Network plans to file lawsuits against Bangkok Synthetics over the fatal explosion and fire at its subsidiary BST Elastomers' facility in Rayong's Map Ta Phut area on Saturday, in a move that strengthens industrialists' fears overread more...
IEAT to check 65 plants after blast
The Nation 09 May 2012 | PONGPHON SARNSAMAK, ACHARA VI
The massive explosion at the factory of a Bangkok Synthetics subsidiary that killed 11 and injured another 129 people on Saturday has prompted the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) to examine 65 hazardous factories in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate.read more...
Thailand’s Air: Poison Cocktail
Exposing Unsustainable Industries and the Case for Community Right To Know and Prevention [Thailand Bucket Brigade]
By Campaign for Alternative Industry Network (CAIN), Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), Global Community Monitor (GCM), October 2005
This report gives fresh evidence that the proposed ‘Community Right To Know Law’ and the ‘National Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) System’ are essentially needed along with better environmental monitoring and direct involvement of affected communities in environmental decision-making with the aim to achieve environmental justice and sustainable society.read more...
Analysis of Water Quality around Large Anthropogenic Emissions Sources in Eastern Thailand
By Arpa Wangkiat, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rangsit University, November 2006
The study evaluated variations in elemental compositions of water quality affected by large anthropogenic emission sources in Eastern Thailand: Map Ta Phut Industrial Estates which have housed over 90 industrial facilities including oil refineries, petrochemical and chemical facilities and hazardous waste landfills and treatment facilities. Eighty water samples were collected from water-well of 25 communities in Map Ta Phut during November 2005 and February 2006.read more...
DNA adduct formation among workers in a Thai industrial estate and nearby residents
By Marco Peluso, Petcharin Srivatanakul, Armelle Munnia, Adisorn Jedpiyawongse, Aurelie Meunier, Suleeporn Sangrajrang, Sara Piro, and Marcello Ceppi, and Paolo Boffetta, 1 November 2007
The genotoxic effects of air pollutant exposures have been studied in people living and working in Map Ta Phut, Rayong province, Thailand, a site where is located the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate (MIE) one of the largest steel, refinery and petrochemical complex in the South–Eastern Asia. This was done by the conduction of a transversal study aimed to compare the prevalence of bulky DNA adducts in groups of subjects experiencing various degree of air pollution.read more...
Malondialdehyde-dG Adducts among Workers of a Thai Industrial Estate and Nearby Residents
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 11 August 2009
Humans living near industrial point emissions can experience high levels of exposures to air pollutants. Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Thailand is the location of the largest steel, oil refinery and petrochemical factory complexes in the South–Eastern Asia. Air pollution is an important source of oxidative stress and reactive oxygen species, which interact with DNA and lipids, leading to oxidative damage and lipid peroxidation, respectively.read more...
Trends in E-waste Generation: UNU’s Global E-Waste Monitor - 2014
Presentation by Dr. Ruediger KUEHR, United Nations University
At the Conference of Parties - 2015 Geneva, 11 May 2015read more...
Trends in E-waste Generation: UNU’s Global E-Waste Monitor - 2014
Presentation by Dr. Jaco Huisman, United Nations University
14 April 2016read more...
The E-Waste Challenge: State-of-the-art e-waste sector knowleadge and best practice combine with new generation online learning design and delivery
Climate-KIC/UNEP 2016read more...
The ProSUM Project “I am useful” : Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining wastes
Presentation by Dr. Jaco Huisman, United Nations University
April 2016read more...
Map Ta Phut locals demand say in industrial safeguards
Bangkok Post 20 May 2012 | Tunya Sukpanich
The utter lack of warning and evacuation measures during the recent twin disasters at the industrial estate has galvanised nearby communities to insist on the right to have a greater say in how they are protectedread more...
Health Impact Assessment of the Eastern Seaboard Development Program: A Case Study of Map Ta Put Industrial Estates
By Decharut Sukkumnoed – Kasetsart University, and Penchom Tang – Campaign for Alternative Industrial Network
The Eastern Seaboard Development Program” is the most obvious case showing “the Two Sides of the Coin” from the Thai development experience. An issue worthy of a great concern here is that the Thai government still uses this program as the development model for other regions of the country despite serious complaints by the local people on their negative impacts. To develop the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to be a tool or mechanism for influencing the healthy public policy in Thailand, “the Eastern Seaboard Development Program” could be used as one of the inevitable but read more...
Map Ta Phut Industrial Development: National Economic Success on Environmental Disaster and Health Damages
By Penchom Saetang - Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH)
23 September 2015read more...
Establishing the Pollution Monitoring Volunteer Network in Thailand
By Penchom Saetang, Director, Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH), December 2015
Since 1994, communities started their fighting with the government’s industrial investment projects in the eastern, northern, northeaster regions. This situation has prompted growing conflicts and clashes between communities and the government, meanwhile the polluters have been enjoying their privileges of investment and making profits in the country.read more...
Rayong villagers submit human rights violation complaint after being attacked
Prachatai 25 March 2015 | Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand
More than 40 residents from Ban Laeng rural municipality, Rayong province travelled to Bangkok and submitted a human rights violation complaint to Dr. Niran Pitakwatchara, National Human Rights Commissioner. Residents were recently attacked and threatened by men who claimed to represent TPI Polene Public Company Limited, which plans to construct a plastic pellet storage facility near the source of public drinking water for 7 villages in Ban Laeng rural municipality, Rayong province.read more...
Noxious Emissions: Doctors beg for funds to move hospital
The Nation 08 February 2007 | Pennapa Hongthong
Map Ta Phut medical staff fear for their lives after reports of high cancer rates
The alarming levels of cancer emerging in Map Ta Phut communities have sparked fear among Map Ta Phut Hospital medical staff who are waiting for the facility to be relocated away from the heavy-industry complex.
Breathing Fire, in Their Own Words: West County Toxics Coalition’s: 20 20 Year Environmental Justice Struggle to Ban Toxic Flares
By Denny Larson, Global Community Monitor and its National Refinery Reform Campaign, 2005
In the early 1940’s, Richmond, California, became a large hub for shipbuilding as part of the World War II effort. Thousands of African Americans from the South migrated to Richmond to take advantage of the jobs and opportunity. Many settled along the less inhabited areas of the region, mainly near the fencelines of industrial developments. The largest industry was Chevron’s Richmond refinery that occupied over 300 acres in the northeast corner of Richmond. Studies have documented the proximity of African American and people of color neighbors to industrial pollution sources in Richmond.read more...
Investigation of chemicals released by the Vinythai and Thai Plastic & Chemicals (TPC) PVC manufacturing facilities, Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Rayong Province, Thailand
By Kevin Brigden, Iryna Labunska & David Santillo: Greenpeace Research Laboratories, November 2004
Vinythai and Thai Plastic & Chemicals (TPC) operate separate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing facilities within the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, in Rayong Province, Thailand. Canals flow through the estate and receive discharged wastewaters from many facilities prior to discharging into the Gulf of Thailand. Both PVC manufacturing facilities discharge wastewaters to one of these canals herein referred to as the east canal. Within the Vinythai and TPC facilities, PVC is produced as well as the raw materials used in its manufacture, namely chlorine, ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).read more...
Regulations are useless if they are not enforced
The Nation 10 May 2012 | EDITORIAL
The weekend explosion at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate shows that safety concerns are still being taken too lightly by the govt and authorities.
The accident at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate last weekend is unfortunate indeed. The explosion should have been preventable but it happened because of industries’ carelessness and lax enforcement by the responsible authorities.read more...
Rayong locals demand accident warning system
The Nation 14 May 2012 | Pongphon Sarnsamak, Sirinart
People living near Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong province are demanding that the government create an early warning system for chemical related accidents and are insisting that manufacturers reveal information about all chemical substances they use.read more...
Map Ta Phut residents rally for govt's assistance
The Nation 16 May 2012
A group of protesters rallied outside Government House yesterday to demand that the authorities urgently start assisting those affected by the recent factory explosion in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong province.read more...
Blast-hit firm gives Bt16.6m to nearby communities
The Nation 24 June 2012
A Bangkok Synthetics Co (BST) affiliate whose toluene plant at Rayong's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate was hit by a fire and explosion that killed 11 people and wounded 194 others on May 5 presented Bt16.6 million assistance money for remedial measures to Rayong Governor Seni Jittakasem received the money, which will fund community-development projects, from company executives in front of community representatives.read more...
Fund for chemical fire victims
The Nation 02 June 2012
A rubber-processing company located in Rayong's Map Ta Phut industrial estate yesterday founded a Bt10million fund for residents affected by a chemical fire at a factory last month.read more...
Residents protest at slow compensation on Sunday
The Nation 02 July 2012
Residents near Thailand's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate on Sunday submitted a letter of complaint to Rayong's governor calling for the speeding up of compensation payments following the explosion at a petrochemical factory in May.read more...
Fire damages Rayong polyester factory
The Nation 24 August 2012
A fire raged through a polyester factory in Rayong's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate late Thursday night, with firefighters taking 15 minutes to control the blaze. No casualties were reported.read more...
Myanmar questions Italian-Thai's resource for giant Dawei project
BLOOMBERG / The Nation 04 May 2012
Myanmar President Thein Sein's top political adviser has questioned Italian-Thai Development's ability to oversee a planned US$8.6-billion (Bt265 billion) industrial zone in the country, raising doubts about the Dawei project's viability.read more...
Fishermen fight Map Ta Phut port expansion
Bangkok Post 30 October 2015 | Jumphol Nikomruk
Fishermen in Rayong are strongly opposed to the planned expansion of the port at the Map Ta Phut industrial complex, saying dredging would cause the water to change direction and affect marine life and their livelihood.read more...
Map Ta Phut scoured for pollutants
Bangkok Post 06 May 2012
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has set up a tripartite committee to examine possible toxic contamination in the Map Ta Phut area following the chemical explosion at a factory which killed 12 people.read more...
No pollution solution to Map Ta Phut
Bangkok Post 03 July 2014 | Ploenpote Atthakor
It has been a nice surprise to see the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seeking to take an active role in solving the environmental problems surrounding the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong.read more...
Smell of gas drives 300 from homes
Bangkok Post 09 June 2014
Rayong - More than 300 people living near Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Muang district were evacuated on Saturday night following concerns about a strong gas-like smell blanketing the area.read more...
Civil groups take legal action over accidents
Bangkok Post 09 May 2012
Negligence claimed at Map Ta Phut factories
Civil groups will file lawsuits against state agencies and petrochemical firm operators for alleged negligence that led to two accidents in Map Ta Phut.read more...
'All clear' was premature
Bangkok Post 17 May 2012
A Bangkok-based NGO says people evacuated from the environs of a Rayong estate earlier this month should not have been allowed to return to their homes so quickly
Environmentalists have criticised the authorities for their handling of a recent explosion and fire at BST Elastomers Co Ltd in Map Ta Phut industrial estate and for deliberately downplaying the fact that residents of 18 nearby communities are still being exposed on a daily basis to toxic levels of a noxious substance.read more...
Risk Communication and Chemical Accident Management: Case Study of BST Elastomers Factory Accident in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Rayong, Thailand
By Nicha Rakpanichmanee, Dawan Chantarahasdee and Kanis Pongnavin - Researchers at Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH), February 2013
Thailand in a time of rapid industrialization has witnessed increased risk from chemical accidents and industrial pollution. The objective of this study is to review the existing approach of risk communication and chemical accident management in Thailand. We analyze risk communication in practice according to the principle that risk communication is not a product of scientific calculation, but a process of negotiation and deliberative agreement in society.
Dawei locals, CSOs raise concerns over violation of human rights
MYANMAR ELEVEN 10 March 2016
KHINE KYAW | YANGON
CIVIL SOCIETY organisations (CSOs) and local residents living near the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have called for action from the Japanese, Myanmar and Thai governments to tackle human rights violations before allowing the project to resume.read more...
Map Ta Phut delays frustrate Japanese
Bangkok Post 15 July 2010 | Nareerat Wiriyapong
Japanese executives yesterday expressed frustration over further delays in resolving the Map Ta Phut environmental regulation issue, and also pressed the government to intervene with insurance firms to speed compensation to businesses affected by the May political riots.read more...
Thirst hits Map Ta Phut
Bangkok Post 01 July 2010 | Nareerat Wiriyapong
Poor water supply threatens investment
RAYONG : Legal uncertainties surrounding regulations of industrial projects at Map Ta Phut should be cleared up within two weeks, but inadequate water supply poses a new threat to local operators and future investments in the area, says Industry Minister Chaiwuti Bannawat.read more...
Panel finalises harmful industrial activities List
Bangkok Post 07 June 2010
Map Ta Phut residents say safeguards still missing
RAYONG : The four-party panel working on solving Map Ta Phut's pollution problems has finalised a draft list of activities it considers harmful to the environment and public health.read more...
Pregnant women most at risk in areas near Map Ta Phut estate
The Nation 02 June 2010 | JANJIRA PONGRAI
Toxins from Rayong's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate could cause about 16 per cent of pregnant women living within less than four kilometres of the estate to give premature birth, a report revealed yesterday.read more...
Chemical Plant Shut, Faces Probe Over Leak
The Nation 09 June 2010
Due to the leak, 299 people were hospitalised. Dozens of them were still in hospitals as of press time yesterday.
The factory is located inside the Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate in Rayong.
In the wake of the incident, Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand governor Monta Pranootnorapal ordered the suspension of the factory's operations and an investigation into the incident.read more...
Panel to propose pollution control tactics for Map Ta Phut
The Nation 29 April 2010
A subpanel will propose measures on tackling pollution in Rayong's Map Ta Phut area before the end of next month.
The subpanel would work under a fourpart committee that is chaired by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun and was established after the Central Administrative Court suspended dozens of industrial projects in the heavily polluted Map Ta Phut area.
Judges visit suspended projects
Bangkok Post 23 February 2010
Central Administrative Court judges have visited industrial projects in Rayong's Map Ta Phut area whose construction has been suspended after the public prosecution sought permission for them to go ahead.read more...
Japanese want clear timeframe to invest
Bangkok Post 20 February 2010 | Thanida Tansubhapol
Japanese investors have confirmed they are still ready to boost investment in Thailand but have asked the government to come up with a clear timeframe for resolving the Map Ta Phut impasse.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya yesterday invited Japanese investors to the ministry to clarify the Map Ta Phut pollution problem, which led to the administrative case filed by local villagers against eight state agencies.read more...
Korn to lead delegation to Japan
The Nation 19 February 2010
A roadshow led by Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij will leave for Japan on March 11 and spend two days explaining solutions to the Map Ta Phut crisis to the government and investors, a Finance Ministry source said yesterday.read more...
PM steps in to find solution
The Nation 17 February 2010 | Chularat Saengpassa, Hassaya Chartmontree
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is trying to mediate between the Council of State and the four-party panel seeking solutions to the Map Ta Phut deadlock over changes to the panel's draft law to establish an industrial watchdog.
This independent organisation is expected to play a key role in striking a balance between ecological soundness and rapid industrial development."I have already talked to the secretary-general of the Council of State about the matter," Abhisit said yesterday.read more...
NESDB to submit eco-town guidelines
The Nation 10 February 2010 | Pongphon Sarnsamak
The National Economic and Social Development Board will submit its eco-town guidelines to the Joint Public-Private Sector Consultative Committee on February 22.
It hopes they will become the model for Map Ta Phut or a new industrial zone for upstream steel projects.read more...
Map Ta Phut panel wants to revive buffer zone
The Nation 02 February 2010 | Pongphon Sarnsamak
The Map Ta Phut four-party panel yesterday set up a subcommittee to study how to revive the buffer zone, which would separate the residential and industrial areas to avoid future crises.
The panel, chaired by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun, has learned that the Map Ta Phut city plan, as conceived by the local authorities, will expire next year. The local authorities are hiring a private consultant to draft a new city plan.read more...
Clear framework essential, says Jetro
The Nation 06 February 2010 | Petchanet Pratruangkrai
Japanese investors have called for the Thai government to announce a clear road map for solving the Map Ta Phut problem as soon as possible.
They say doing so would ensure investment remained in the Kingdom and that companies affected would have to carry a financial burden from the episode for only six months.read more...
Map Ta Phut may drive away Japanese companies in Thailand
The Nation 29 January 2010 | Nalin Viboonchart
About one-third of the members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JCC) are deeply concerned about the Map Ta Phut impasse, with many of those affected considering relocating their planned investments to other Asean countries if it is not resolved within six months as promised by the prime minister.read more...
Govt moves to end Map Ta Phut saga
Bangkok Post 01 September 2010
Cabinet approves list of harmful industries
The government has taken another step towards ending the Map Ta Phut saga by approving a list of 11 industrial activities deemed harmful to the environment.read more...
Abhisit 'clears the air' over Map Ta Phut impasse
Bangkok Post 15 September 2010
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says he has "cleared the air" over the Map Ta Phut debacle during a surprise visit to the four-party panel which is looking into the issue.read more...
Call For Protection: Locals Affected In Dawei SEZ Concern Over Compensation
Myanmar ITV, 07 March 2016
A Dawei Development Association-DDA report released Monday suggests, the Dawei Special Economic Zone has caused some negative impacts to locals, especially on the lack of transparency, consistency, and negotiations on compensation for affected lands.read more...
Alarm over Rayong fish deaths
Bangkok Post 19 Mar 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.read more...
Villagers win pollution case
Bangkok Post 04 March 2009 | APINYA WIPATAYOTIN
The Administrative Court has ruled in favour of villagers in Rayong province, ordering the National Environment Board to declare the area near Map Ta Phut industrial estate a pollution control zone.
Twenty-seven villagers from 11 communities around the industrial estate in Muang district filed the case in October 2007, accusing the NEB of negligence for failing to designate the area as a pollution control zone.read more...
Court suspends 76 projects in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate
Thai News Agency 29 September 2009
BANGKOK (TNA) – Thailand’s Central Administrative Court on Tuesday ordered 76 industrial projects in Map Ta Phut industrial estate in the eastern province of Rayong to temporarily halt operating amid continual concern about critical environmental and health impacts.read more...
PM: Pollution ruling is a threat
Bangkok Post 05 March 2009 | VICHAYA PITSUWAN AND YUTHANA PRAIWAN
Delays in investment by state-owned energy giant PTT Plc could jeopardise the national economy, warns Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
PTT's investment plans were thrown into disarray this week when the Rayong Administrative Court ruled the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong should be designated a pollution-control zone.
Fire at PTT Phenol factory in Rayong
Bangkok Post 22 August 2016 | Jumphol Nikomruk
RAYONG -- A wastewater tank exploded and started a fire inside the factory of PTT Phenol Co in the Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate, Muang district, early on Monday. Pol Lt Maitree Pakul, the duty officer at Map Ta Phut police station, said the incident occurred about 2.17am. A 537 cubic metre tank containing wastewater contaminated with hydrocarbon exploded and caught fire. The fire spread quickly, sending a foul smell throughout the factory, which produces phenol and acetone.read more...
Seminar seeks to shine spotlight on mercury-linked Minamata disease
Kyodo 07 September 2016 | Keiji Hirano
Victims, researchers and academics will on Saturday gather in Bangkok for a seminar marking the 60th anniversary since the discovery of mercury poisoning malady Minamata disease.
To be held at Chulalongkorn University, speakers will include Shinobu Sakamoto, a Kumamoto Prefecture native who contracted Minamata disease, which paralyzes the central nervous system and causes birth defects, in the womb.read more...
Thailand will be ready to rectify the Minamata Convention on Mercury by 2017, said PCD
EARTH 12 September 2016
The organizers of the “MINAMATA@60: Learning from Industrial Disaster towards Sustainable Society and Environment”, including academics from Thailand and Japan, and Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto, a Minamata Congenital disease patient, met with the Director General of Pollution Control Department (PCD), Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, and the group also met with the representative of the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Deputy Director of Disease Control Department, the Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases of the Ministry of Health, and the Chair of the Health Committee of the National Legislative Assembly, to urge the related state agencies to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury.read more...
Map Ta Phut blue stream raises fears
A small stream that turned vividly blue for a few hours in the industrial Map Ta Phut sub-district of Rayong province raised environmental concerns on Wednesday.
The strange colouring occurred in a small public waterway in Ban Nong Fab community of Muang Rayong district's Map Ta Phut sub-district at about 10am. The area houses the giant Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate which has been subject to incidents of pollution many times in recent years.read more...
Map Ta Phut fire death toll rises to at least 9, 120 injured
The Nation 6 May 2012
The death toll in the massive factory five in Map Ta Phut rose to at least 9 and 120 people were reported injured, Rayong Governor Seni Jittakasem said Sunday.
The massive fire that broke out at the Bangkok Synthetics factory in Map Ta Phut Saturday.read more...
Map Ta Phut city plan halves industrial zone
The Nation 01 March 2011 | Pongphon Sarnsamak
A new city plan has been proposed for Map Ta Phut which would see the area's industrial zone cut by half and the buffer zone between industries and the community increased to cover nearly 10,000 rai.
The plan, proposed by the Map Ta Phut municipality, will be studied by the Interior Ministry's Civil Works Department and City Planning Committee today.
"If the committee approves this draft, it will mean that only clean industrial activities will be allowed in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate," said Preecha Ronnarong, a member of a subpanel studying the use of the city plan to resolve pollution problems i read more...
Oil spill threatens Rayong beaches
Bangkok Post 27 July 2013
Helicopters and ships battle to contain 2.5km long slick off Map Ta Phut
Emergency response authorities were struggling early Sunday to contain about 50,000 litres of crude oil that spilled into the sea off the eastern province of Rayong, threatening a major tourist beach.
The oil leaked from PTT Global Chemical Plc's pipeline at 6.50am Saturday, PTTGC said. A company spokesman said it was possible some of the oil could reach Mae Ramphung Beach, a popular tourist site in Muang Rayong district.read more...
Network threatens Map Ta Phut siege
EASTERN SEABOARD : The Eastern People's Network is threatening to lay siege today to Thailand's largest industrial estate.
Most Map Ta Phut projects off hook
Bangkok Post 03 September 2010
Rayong villagers react emotionally, slam govt
The Administrative Court has ordered the operating permits of only two industrial projects in the Map Ta Phut area to be terminated, allowing 74 other earlier-suspended projects to go ahead.
The court on Thursday handed down its ruling in the case filed by Map Ta Phut villagers and the Stop Global Warming Association against eight state agencies in June last year.read more...
Businesses fear impact of setback
Bangkok Post 27 January 2010
Business leaders yesterday repeated their pleas for the government to speed up the resolution of the Map Ta Phut case, saying the latest court verdict to reject requests to restart 30 projects had severely depressed the investment climate.read more...
Meeting on Map Ta Phut projects today
The Nation 26 January 2010
The companies with 30 industrial projects paralysed by the court will meet today to chart a course to get them restarted as soon as possible.
Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) vice chairman Payungsak Chartsutipol yesterday said the private sector would thoroughly review the Central Administrative Court's injunction and how they should comply with it.
Firms will have to bear more costs
The Nation 26 January 2010 | Pongphon Sarnsamak
Private companies will be responsible for any risks they incur while seeking licenses for new projects before the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry comes up with a final list of activities that might have serious environmental impacts, the Federation of Thai Industries said.
Six workers hospitalised after latest Map Ta Phut gas leak
The Nation 13 December 2009
Six construction workers were hospitalised yesterday after a poisonous gas leaked out near a power plant at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong.
Reports by construction workers of a foul odour, sore throats and dizziness prompted the evacuation of about 200 workers from the Siam Steel Plate factory and other nearby sites at 8.30am.read more...
Hundreds evacuated after site gas leak
Bangkok Post 13 December 2009
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT PUTS MAP TA PHUT BACK UNDER SCRUTINY
RAYONG : Hundreds of construction workers were evacuated and four hospitalised after a gas leak at Map Ta Phut industrial estate - the second such incident in a week.read more...
GDP in 2010 to take sizeable hit from suspended projects
The Nation 05 December 2009
Economic growth next year is likely to be reduced by 0.2-0.5 percentage point due to the continued suspension of 65 projects in Map Ta Phut, according to the latest macroeconomic analysis by the Fiscal Policy Office.read more...
Map Ta Phut fiasco could impact economy "severely"
The Nation 14 December 2009 | ACHARA DEBOONME, EKARIN BUMROONGPUK
Map Ta Phut would be the greatest economic risk next year, given the magnitude of the impacts on Thailand's long-term attractiveness.read more...
Damage from Map Ta Phut ruling put at B100bn
Bangkok Post 13 December 2009
The court ruling to uphold the order suspending 65 new industrial projects at Map Ta Phut industrial estate had damaged foreign investor confidence and the damage could be as high as 90 to 100 billion baht, Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) vice chairman Thanit Sorat said on Thursday.read more...
Court lifts ban on 11 industrial projects
Bangkok Post 03 December 2009
The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled to lift a ban on 11 projects at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate - but to uphold the suspension of 65 others.read more...
Suwit's negligence costs Map Ta Phut industry dearly
Bangkok Post 03 December 2009
The Supreme Administrative Court's verdict to suspend 65 of 76 projects, mainly related to the petrochemical industry, in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate leaves wide open the question of exactly who is going to take responsibility for this matter.read more...
Cabinet scrambles over Map Ta Phut
Bangkok Post 03 December 2009
Court ruling keeps 65 projects on hold
Cabinet members will meet urgently today after a court ruling kept in place a suspension order for 65 high-value projects at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong.read more...
Map Ta Phut verdict due today
The Nation 02 December 2009
All parties are hopeful the Supreme Administrative Court today will clear up confusion over the future of the 76 suspended industrial projects in Map Ta Phut.read more...
HIA guidelines by end of month
The Nation 25 December 2009 | Piyanart Srivalo, Pongphon Sarnsamak
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry will issue its regulations on health-impact assessments by the end of this month.
These will be used to enable the suspended Map Ta Phut industrial projects to comply with Article 67 of the Constitution.read more...
65 projects remain suspended
The Nation 02 December 2009
The Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday permits 11 Map Ta Phut projects put on hold by a court injunction to go ahead.
Operations of the remaining 65 projects will still be suspended under the court injunction ordered in September.read more...
List of 11 Map Ta Phut projects released from injunction
The Nation 02 December 2009
List of 11 Map Ta Phut projects that can proceed as the Supreme Administraive Court revoked a court injunction that put on hold a total of 79 projects.read more...
Show corporate responsibility
Bangkok Post 02 December 2009 | EDITORIAL
That the ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court on the suspension of 76 industrial projects at Map Ta Phut, scheduled to be delivered today, comes a full month earlier than expected is good news, because the final verdict will put an end to all uncertainties and allow every party involved to move on in the right legal direction.read more...
Hair firm faces charge over chemical fire
Bangkok Post 01 December 2009 | Apinya Wipatayotin and Amornrat Mahitthirook
The Pollution Control Department plans to sue a Japanese hair products company for negligence over a chemical fire last week suspected to have left one person dead and injured nearly 80 others at Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri.read more...
PM sees environmental rules paving way for new industrial landscape
The Nation 18 December 2009
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday reiterated his wish to have new environmental rules ready by year-end, saying if the Map Ta Phut crisis could be resolved satisfactorily, it would pave the way for a new industrial-development landscape in Thailand.read more...
PM queries damage estimates
Bangkok Post 22 December 2009
Court to decide fate of Map Ta Phut projects
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has cast doubt on the accuracy of an Industry Ministry estimate of the fiscal damage caused by the suspension of 65 industrial projects at Map Ta Phut.read more...
PTT mulls new court petition
Bangkok Post 26 January 2010
Higher court last gasp on Map Ta Phut
PTT, the national energy flagship, is considering resubmitting its petition requesting its halted projects in Map Ta Phut restart to a higher court after the Administrative Court rejected its petitions on Friday, said company spokesman Atthapol Ruekphiboon.read more...
PM vows solution within 6 months
Bangkok Post 15 January 2010
'Lack of trust' led to current impasse
The Map Ta Phut dispute will be resolved within six months but businesses must prepare to deal with tougher environmental regulations, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.read more...
Technical committee takes up study into pollution
Bangkok Post 14 January 2010 | Apinya Wipatayotin
The four-party panel tasked with resolving the Map Ta Phut impasse has set up a technical committee to study the pollution problems at the industrial area and help the government come up with control measures.read more...
Effectiveness of measures up to players: Anand
The Nation 14 January 2010 | Pongphon Sarnsamak
The governmentappointed panel tasked with resolving Map Ta Phut's environmental problems yesterday urged the public and private sectors and local communities to be sincere and serious in implementing the four measures designed to comply with Article 67 (2) of the Constitution.read more...
Process begins to end legal deadlock
The Nation 12 January 2010
A final process has begun which is aimed at ending the legal deadlock halting construction on 64 major industrial projects in the Map Ta Phut area of Rayong province.
The process, of ensuring that health- and environment-related assessments are conducted as required by the Constitution, began after a preliminary selection process was approved yesterday.
Ministry rejects local pollution plan
Bangkok Post 07 January 2010 | Apinya Wipatayotin
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has rejected a local plan to reduce pollution at Map Ta Phut, claiming a "lack of sound measures to tackle industrial pollution".read more...
Estate developers' outlook unclear
The Nation 07 January 2010 | Nalin Viboonchart
Despite the global economic recovery, industrial-estate developers are unable to forecast their 2010 business outlook because of the unclear Map Ta Phut situation.read more...
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.read more...
Map Ta Phut has 'soured Japanese investors'
The Nation 07 January 2010 | Nalin Viboonchart
Thailand is no longer the most attractive Asian destination for Japanese investors, thanks to the Map Ta Phut fiasco, Munenori Yamada, president of the Japan External Trade Organisation's Bangkok office, said yesterday.read more...
Cabinet approves EIA/HIA framework
Bangkok Post 29 December 2009
The cabinet has approved the revised ministerial regulations on the framework for industrial project environmental impact (EIA) and health impact (HIA) assessments and the public hearing process as proposed by the National Environment Board, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday.
HIA, EIA regulation approved
The Nation 30 December 2009 | Hassaya Chartmontri
The Cabinet yesterday approved the ministerial regulation concerning the need for environmental impact assessment (EIA) and healthimpact assessment (HIA) reports.read more...
20 projects face higher legal hurdles
Bangkok Post 30 December 2009 | Nanchanok Wongsamuth
A total of 20 suspended projects at Map Ta Phut have weak legal grounds for seeking to overturn their court-ordered suspensions, says Industry Minister Charnchai Chairungruang.read more...
Map Ta Phut top priority in nationwide clean-up
The Nation 29 December 2009 | Janjira Pongrai
Pollution Control Department plans air, water campaign for new year
Pollution and environmental problems around the Map Ta Phut industrial area of Rayong have been identified as the top priority of the Pollution Control Department next year.read more...
Green light for 19 projects to appeal
Bangkok Post 22 December 2009
The cabinet on Tuesday gave the green light to 19 of the 65 suspended industrial projects at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate to appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court for permission to proceed to ease the impact on the operators, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said.read more...
Court prepares to rule on suspended projects
Bangkok Post 01 December 2009 | Apinya Wipatayotin and Nanchanok Wongsamuth
Surprise early verdict in Map Ta Phut battle
Map Ta Phut residents and businesses are anxiously awaiting an unexpectedly early verdict tomorrow by the Supreme Administrative Court on the suspension of 76 projects at the Rayong industrial estate.read more...