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PCD explains proactive plan curbing PM 2.5 air pollution




BANGKOK (NNT) - The period of the final and first month of each year has become the usual time for a PM 2.5 airborne dust accumulation, generating much criticism of the government’s response to this disaster. However, the Pollution Control Department has explained the government is on a continuous and proactive approach to address this issue.


The Pollution Control Department’s (PCD) Director General Athapol Charoenshunsa, has addressed criticism surrounding the government’s alleged lack of progress on the mitigation of the air pollution disaster, by outlining the PCD’s current efforts to address the issue.


Mr Athapol said today the PCD has made an evaluation of previous operations, and reviewed the current action plan to address the dust issue.


From these, the PCD has made a 12-point special plan, which involves communication with the general public, the launch of a situation monitoring war room during any crisis, the creation of a volunteer network on burning surveillance and firefighting, transferring forest fire control responsibilities to local administrations, the creation of an early burning registration app, and negotiations with neighboring countries.


To better communicate with the public during this year’s haze season, the government’s Center for Air Pollution Mitigation, on 16th November established a communications subcommittee on air pollution mitigation.


The new subcommittee will serve as a single team to gather information from related agencies, and convey the correct information to the public, with press conferences scheduled on every Monday and Thursday.


Members of the public are encouraged to check real-time air quality indexes online on Air4Thai.pcd.go.th, and bangkokairquality.com websites, or download the Air4Thai and AirBKK applications onto their mobile devices.


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32 minutes ago, johng said:

Thailand 4.0   an app to tell you when you can burn your fields and forests !!!!

stop with the burning  buy the machinery to cut the harvest and  then plough the stubble back into the soil thus reducing the need for expensive fertiliser next year and greatly reducing the pollution...an app  phfff :crazy:

Have you talked to a farmer about the 'plough the stubble' part? I have. For rice, it takes too long to decompose. They plant 2, sometimes three crops per year - there is not enough down-time.


I am not defending the burning, but your assumption is just that, an ass umption...

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Talk talk .. that's all it is .. air pollution is as serious health problem as the road casualty issue that they are equally seemingly unable to do anything about .. vehicle pollution can be tackled particularly in cities but requires investment and enforcement .. they should take a look at how some European cities that do take the issue seriously have responded .. 

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3 hours ago, Surelynot said:

1. Education to persuade Thais not to burn everything that is combustable.....rubbish, tires, sugarcane....

2. Strictly enforced laws to prevent indiscriminate burning

3. Strict limits on vehicle emissions

4. Strictly enforced laws on emission limits for vehicles


......four things that will resolve 90% of the problem.


That wasn't so difficult....next problem?

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But I doubt, if it will work, it's already in their "gens", it's years too late.


My experience here in the North, it's easly said to catch the polluters. But doing so, is more difficult. If you ever have been in the mountain areas of Mae Hong Son, you will understand why I say this. In the plain you may catch the owner of the land, but not in natural parks as in Mae Hong Son i.e.

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There is an enzyme that Australian farmers spay on stubble to speed up biodegradation. But the Gov tax and import duties take it totally out of the equation for local farmers to afford. Now if the government subsidized or heaven for bid gave it away it would cut down a a huge amount foe stubble burning and vastly improve the soil quality. I was unable to come up with the trade name that the Australians use maybe some OZZy Farmers could speak up.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

However, the Pollution Control Department has explained the government is on a continuous and proactive approach to address this issue.

Continuous is the contentious bit... never ending in any solutions.

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