Environment Ministry: Air quality near blasted Rayong factory remains at safe level

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RAYONG, 6 May 2012  – The air quality around the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate remains safe and poses no health threat, according to the Environment Ministry. 

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said on Sunday that his inspection trip to the tire factory at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, which was on fire on Saturday, found that the air pollution reading in the area is still within the standard limit.

Mr. Preecha added that the reported leakage of Toluene is not harmful, as this chemical is a type of cleaning agent that cannot cause cancer.

However, as the investigation is still continuing, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand has declared the blasted factory off-limit until maintenance service is completed and it has passed an official safety inspection.