NEB won't appeal cadmium case
- Published: 30/08/2013 at 08:27 PM
- Online news:
The National Environment Board (NEB) will not appeal a court order for three tambons in Tak province to be declared environmental protection zones because of cadmium contamination.
Residents flash V for victory signs after the Phitsanulok Administrative Court on Aug 14 ordered the National Environment Board to declare three tambons affected by cadmium contamination in Tak's Mae Sot district as environmental protection zones. (File photo by Chinnawat Singha)
Sunee Piyapanpong, the deputy director-general of the Pollution Control Department, said on Friday that the NEB would abide by the Phitsanulok Administrative Court ruling but would ask to extend the deadline for designating the zones.
The board had relayed its position to the department, which has authority to declare protection zones.
The current deadline is 30 days from the date the court handed down its ruling.
The court ordered the NEB on Aug 14 to declare tambons Prathad Pha Daeng, Mae Tao and Mae Ku in Mae Sot district - which have been affected by cadmium contamination in soil and water - as environmental protection zones under the 1992 Environmental Promotion and Preservation Act.
The case was filed by 31 local villagers and the Stop Global Warming Association.
Environmental officials have not identified the source of the cadmium, while local residents believed the contamination was caused by nearby mining operations.
Ms Sunee said that declaring an environmental protection zone was a lengthy process that included public hearings.
Under the law, an environmental protection zone is an area with high ecological value or one with severe environmental problems that need urgent rehabilitation.
Tak is under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Court in Phitsanulok.
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