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Country Information on Chemicals in Recycled Plastic Pellets from Thailand

The results from the broader analysis was published in the data article A dataset of organic pollutants identified and quantified in recycled polyethylene pellets, and the complete dataset is publicly available online. Samples from 13 countries were analyzed, and nearly 500 chemicals were detected in total. These included pesticides, industrial chemicals, PCBs, pharmaceuticals, and many others. 

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Toxics in Our Clothing: Forever Chemicals in Jackets and Clothing from 13 Countries

Straková, J., Brosché, S., Brabcová, K. | November 2023

 

Jackets and other clothing sold as water- or stain-resistant were purchased from 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Most of the jackets tested were marketed for children. Countries included were Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, Serbia, Montenegro, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the U.S.

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Citizens Against Pollution: Stories and Lessons Learned from 6 Communities Affected by Industrial Pollution in Thailand

Author: Punyathorn Jeungsmarn, Published by EARTH | July 2023

 

This book presents six battlefields of pollution in Thailand. They include Nam Phong district, Khon Kaen province; Nampu subdistrict, Muang district, Ratchaburi province; Nong Phawa village, Bang But subdistrict, Ban Khai district, Rayong province; Phanom Sa

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Trading Away Health and the Environment: The Toxic Business of Waste Imports into Thailand

July 2023 (2nd Edition: Updated from June 2019 version)

 

Trading Away Health and the Environment provides an overview of the devastating impacts on the health and well-being of communities in Thailand where industrial waste processing facilities are being developed as part of an ongoing expansion of the transnational business of plastic and used elect

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Toxic Hotspot in Kalasin

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Surroundings of Electronic Waste Recycling Sites in Kalasin Province, Thailand, June 2023

Electronic waste and its imports from abroad represent a big burden for the environment and human health in Thailand. This study is mainly focused on research of community based informal e-waste separation anddismantling operations in the Khok Sa-ad subdistrict, Khong Chai district, Kalasin province in northeastern Thailand, where also a large dumpsite with substantial quantity of waste from electronic equipment and machineries is found. 

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POPs IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF E-WASTE SITES

By Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme, International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), and Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) | December 2022 

Electronic waste (e-waste) and its imports from abroad represent a big burden for the environment and human health in Thailand. This study is focused on mapping pollution by POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) in the vicinity of two facilities processing e-waste in Chachoengsao province, and one site affected by the disposal of sludge of unknown origin (Hat Nang Kaeo) in Prachinburi province.

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Trading Away Health and the Environment: The Toxic Business of Waste Imports into Thailand

Co-Authors: Tanya Lee Roberts-Davis & Penchom Saetang

Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH) | June 2019

Trading Away Health and the Environment provides an overview of the devastating impacts on the health and well-being of communities in Thailand where industrial waste processing facilities are being developed as part of an ongoing expansion of the transnational business of plastic and used electronics waste and scraps.

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Tackling a toxic waste crisis

Bangkok Post 07 July 2024

 

When the cadmium waste scare erupted in early April, the government attempted to allay public fears by returning the waste from Samut Sakhon to its original landfill in Tak province. However, recent soil inspections in Samut Sakhon show the impact of the pollution caused by the toxic waste might be more serious. Just moving the toxic waste out of the area is not enough, and more must be done to mitigate the pollution risks.

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Smouldering ruins of Rayong factory emitting cancer-causing compounds: EARTH

The Nation 25 April 2024

 

People living near the burned-down chemical waste recycling factory in Rayong are being advised to stay away as the air within a 3-kilometre radius is extremely dangerous to health.

 

This advisory issued by Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) is in sharp contradiction to the announcement of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) issued on Thursday.

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Civil society groups call on DIW and PCD to back PRTR bill in preventing and solving pollution problems

EARTH REPORT 17 April 2024

 

Thai civil society organizations led by the Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH), Environmental Law Foundation, and Greenpeace Thailand met with directors of the Department of Industrial Works (DIW), and Pollution Control Department (PCD) this month, urging two agencies to join forces backing the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) to become a law. 

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ASEAN Leadership Key to the Success of Global Plastic Treaty to End Plastic Pollution

CSOs call upon ASEAN leaders to take a strong stance in the ongoing negotiation to develop an international legally binding instrument to address plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.

Between 23-29 April 2024, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet with other countries in Ottawa, Canada, for the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) meeting to develop text for an international legally binding instrument known as the Global Plastics Treaty to address plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, through a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastics. The prospective instrument is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to solve the plastic crisis. 

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Fast-track law on pollution

EDITORIAL, Bangkok Post 16 February 2024 

 

On Wednesday, environmental groups submitted a draft of the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) law to parliament. This is not the first time the groups -- comprised of EnLAW, Ecological Alert and Recovery-Thailand and Greenpeace Thailand -- have been trying to push this crucial piece of legislation into law.

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Over 12,000 signatures urge PM Thavisin to make Thai PRTR Law a reality

Bangkok | 14 February 2024 

Thai civil society led by the Environmental Law Foundation, Ecological Alert and Recovery, and Greenpeach Thailand submitted 12,165 signatures to lobby for the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) law. Gathering in front of the Parliament House, representatives held a jigsaw banner with a message "A healthy environment requires PRTR" urging Prime Minister Srettha Thavisinto table the proposed PRTR law to the House of Representatives meeting.

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Activists call for PFAS chemicals ban

Bangkok Post  8 February 2024 | APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

 

Activists have called on the government to ban Per-and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS), hazardous chemicals in the textile industry and other commodities, saying it would raise awareness among consumers who need green products for their health and the environment.

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Step towards cleaner air

Bangkok Post 01 September 2023

The Administrative Court on Wednesday ordered the Ministry of Industry to release data on PM2.5 air pollutants from the nation’s factories by the end of October. The verdict is good news for civic and and environmental groups concerned about PM2.5 who have campaigned for the government to publicly release data on factory pollution from the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). 

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