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Alarm as Toxic Chemical Waste is Dumped in Bang Lamung


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Just walk down any Soi off the new 2nd road in Jomtien and you see the same filth and garbage dumped all over the place.

 

I saw yesterday a garbage truck dumping more household waste into what used to be a large pond that has now become a landfill site.

 

More and more trash and building rubble is dumped around then half assed packed down by a digger and then bingo you build a condo on it. Then produce wildly innacurate bill boards saying welcome to paradise on it......yeah live over a sinking, stinking bog full of toxic waste....

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2 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

They don't yet know what's actually in these drums....apart from the labels.....could be anything at all........

But how typical of people here,  to just dump their garbage anywhere?

In the UK there is a big problem with fly tipping and it costs councils thousands for councils to clean up the mess and i am sure it is the same in other western countries, it is not a matter of Thais being irresponsible but a matter of some people in any country not caring about the environment and about their fellow countrymen

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21 minutes ago, Tuk Dua said:

Labels usually carry a batch number which provides indication of date of manufacture, and would allow the distributor, and end user to be traced.

As to comments about EIA's, they dont apply, as they are studies issued for the undertaking of specific projects, not the dumping of waste.

 

My comments about EIAs were just to question what exactly does the Environment Dept do.  Both cases are about protecting the environment and in this case groundwater would seem to be the critical receptor ( also something an EIA has to consider for specific projects ), so they are not totally separate, but rather related issues.  If the chemicals were manufactured outside of Thailand then maritime regulations require extensive labelling to be on the drums, so should be easy to trace, if, and only if the various government departments work together and unfortunately in many countries that just doesn't happen.

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1 hour ago, eliotness said:

  If the chemical is styrene or similar then the biggest risk is groundwater contamination.  Just a few of those drums could make millions of litres of groundwater unusable and could persist for decades.  If they don't find out who did it, then how are they going to recover the cost of the clean-up ?   

 

Just guessing here....

 

--they won't do anything more than a cosmetic, cursory cleanup. So no significant costs will be incurred.

 

--they won't do any testing to determine whether local groundwater supplies have been contaminated.

 

--they probably won't prosecute who dumped the barrels, and even if they do, no appropriate punishment will end up being meted out.

 

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3 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

They don't yet know what's actually in these drums....apart from the labels.....could be anything at all........

But how typical of people here,  to just dump their garbage anywhere?

 

Yes shocking,  aren't we the lucky one's though that they would never dream of doing such a thing in the West?

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3 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

They don't yet know what's actually in these drums....apart from the labels.....could be anything at all........

But how typical of people here,  to just dump their garbage anywhere?

Illegal waste dumping happens in many countries,  even in the developed West, it's not a purely Thai phenomenon.  Kudos for getting in your Thai bash of the day so early, however.

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It's all about money - far cheaper to simply dump whatever it is, than dispose of it through official channels.

 

200 litre drums are frequently recycled, so any labelling on the drums may bear no resemblance to the contents.

 

Takes me back to the days of Love Canal.

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4 hours ago, cumgranosalum said:

"A crack team of Pattaya One scientists, co-ordinating with US researchers at Google, can confirm." - so they googled it.

 

There may have been a hint of self-deprecating sarcasm in what they said.  Sarcasm seems to fly over the heads of many TV posters who take everything in print literally.

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27 minutes ago, mikiea said:

the Crack team is applying the tried but true Sargent Shultz method of solving this dilemma .

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Interesting twenty four post and few of them clicking the Like this button what happen to all these farang on this forum

The 3-monkeys on Post 25 says it perfectly well but the fourth monkey is missing the one with its hands holding its crotch.

Anyhow this is not a Thailand ONLY problem the west is riddled with similar problems. For a starter Michigan water supply poisoned comes to mind and now they're are in the process of discovering a slew of other cities in Exceptionalistan.  It all fits in with  fascist capitalist Planet Earth overpopulation reduction.

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3 hours ago, Jimbo1964 said:

There can't be too many companies using this. The EPA should find out and check their records for safe and correct disposal. Totally irresponsible !

 

Its all about de money honey. Money here can make things disappeared, swept under the carpet poof its gone. Call it money magic, baht blindness, currying favor with currency. 

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