Cabinet makes PM2.5 national agenda

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Bangkok – The Cabinet resolved this week to make the problem of fine particulate matter a national priority, hoping to address the issue in a sustainable fashion.

After chairing the weekly Cabinet retreat on Tuesday, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said the concentrations of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 and 10 microns in diameter in most areas are beneath the 50-microgram-per-cubic-meter safety threshold, while calling on all sides of society to give active cooperation to the country’s air pollution control effort.

He stated that the Cabinet meeting this week agreed to make air pollution part of the national agenda in the hope of finding sustainable solutions to hazardous particles in the atmosphere, and motivating all stakeholders to take part in the process for better results.

The Cabinet was also informed of the smog situation in the provinces, a result of agricultural burning.

He also mentioned that a volunteer program will be started in the private sector, with state agencies to raise farmers’ awareness of fine dust particles and their origins.