Cabinet OKs clean-up plan
The cabinet has agreed with a comprehensive plan to help clean up pollution in the Map Ta Phut area in Rayong.
The plan, proposed by the National Economic and Social Development Board, includes urgent and long-term measures to solve pollution, environmental, social and economic problems at Map Ta Phut industrial estate, deputy government spokesman Chalitrat Chandrubeksa said Tuesday.
During the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she wanted to have emergency evacuation plans for residents and factory machinery incorporated into the plan.
She has ordered provinces which house many industrial estates such as Rayong and Ayutthaya to draw up a green industrial development plan to promote environmentally friendly factories, Mr Chalitrat said.
Provincial authorities have been asked to inspect factories with poor environmental management, and new factories. The provinces must have equipment to test air and water quality, waste water treatment and industrial residue management systems, he said.
The prime minister has also requested that the Interior Ministry improve town planning for the Map Ta Phut area so it includes zones for green areas, communities and industrial areas.
By Manop Thip-Osod
20 June 2012