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30 August 2012 :: 14:08:22 pm 66002

Plutaluang People Protest Polluting Oil Factory

Authorities gave an order to shut down an oil-recycling factory in Plutaluang. Angry residents complained of years of suffering from air and water pollution. The shut-down order was given after the Chinese owners failed to correct 9 violations from Thai inspectors.
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SATTAHIP – August 29, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 4 p.m., a gathering of 100 angry Plutaluang residents complained to authorities about an oil-recycling factory that they demanded be shut down due to pollution and hazardous working conditions.

The crowd gathered in front of the office of the head of village Moo 4 Tambon Plutaluang, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province. Receiving the complaints was Mr. Vitsanu Tosombat, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Subdistrict Administrative Organization; together with Mrs. Pikul Sopha, Sattahip sheriff; Mr. Sumethee Siriphan, Kamnan Tambon Plutaluang; Ms. VorapornSuppharat, the head of village Moo 4; Mr. Chaiya Methakul, the officer of Ministry of Industry; and the representative of public health in Chonburi province.

More than 20 police officers were on hand to monitor the situation, which did not have any incidents of violence.

The Chinese-owned factory, Everfrank Technology Co., Ltd., is located at 117/72 Moo 4 Tambon Plutaluang. The owners are businessmen Mr. Phang Wan Chong, Mr. Phang Wan Terng and Mr. Phang Si.

The angry residents demanded that the owners close the operation and move out the production base from the area immediately.

People in the area have had to endure bad smells from the burning of fuel, which also polluted the river and killed the aquatic wildlife.

Plutaluang’s local leader, Mr. Vitsanu Tosombat, said the purpose of the gathering was to expel this factory out of the area because it operates under substandard conditions. It has caused air and water pollution, and has made many people sick from allergy diseases. Residents also could not use the tainted water resources for many years.

 

On April 11, 2012, the Chonburi public health department went to inspect the factory, and found 9 violations that needed correcting:

1. Inspecting the leakage of engine oil.

2. Closing the oil tank all the time.

3. Removing toxic substance from the factory premises.

4. Remove the the pile of sand and the leftover oil from production that created noxious odors.

5. Construct a wall to blockade off the tank containing raw materials and products.

6. Discontinue use of chemical substances in the production process.

7. Secure permission to bring the waste out of the factory.

8. Demolish the pipe releasing polluted water to the public canal, and use an alternate system to safely dispose of wastewater.

9. Monitor to check for the air quality.

The municipality of Plutaluang had submitted the complaint to the owners of business to improve in the 9 violations by May 30, 2012. The complaint was also submitted to Mr. Somsak Suwattana, the director of the office of factory registry.

However, the Chinese owners took no corrective action, and kept operating the factory continuously around the clock. So the fed-up residents have joined to expel the factory from the area without any exemption.

After inspecting the factor, Mr. Chaiya Methakul, the officer of Ministry of Industry, said the factory is operating under substandard conditions.

The government officer also discovered the owners had brought a new engine for production without permission, so he charged the owner of the factory of violating the law and issued an order to close the factory.

In response to complaints, the owners of the factory came to listen to the problems, and are willing to accept the complaint to improve. But the owners didn’t answer the question of whether they will close the operation or not.

But angry local residents confirmed that they will continue their protest again if the factory still continues to operate.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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