Industry Ministry to crack the whip on waste treatment plants

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BANGKOK, 2 July 2012  – Industry Ministry of Thailand is to strictly enforce law on industrial waste treatment plants, starting with 96 of them this month.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry President Witoon Simachokedee, disclosed that he had assigned the Federation of Thai Industries of each province to conduct a survey on the waste treatment industry to categorize treatments of both general and dangerous residues, for the purpose of database management after having found that only 50 percent of all the residues are being proper4ly treated.

For a starter, beginning on July 1st. until the end of the month, waste treatment systems of 96 plants will be regularly examined by the Department of Industrial Works. The examination which includes indoor environment control as well as personnel will be strictly carried out.

When the examination is complete, the Department will come up with measures for the companies to follow, including the installation of the GPSdevice on vehicles in order to enable the Department to keep track of the vehicles to prevent them from illegally dumping waste residues. The installation of the tracking device is expected to be completed in 60 days.