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Court action sought to protect people living near dump

The Stop Global Warming Association yesterday asked the Administrative Court to issue an order for measures to protect residents near the Samut Prakan dump that recently caught fire.

The group, on March 21, filed a lawsuit of negligence against officials in relation to the fire, which raged from March 16-22. The officials in question are the mayor of tambon Praksa, Tambon Praksa Municipality, Samut Prakan governor and director-general of the Department of Industrial Works.

The group has asked for the dumpsite's licence to be revoked or that the facility be closed. It has also requested that pollution in the area be brought under control and the dumpsite rehabilitated.

While the case was ongoing the dumpsite caught fire again on Monday.

The association president Srisuwan Janya yesterday submitted a petition for a court order for measures to protect affected residents.

He also submitted additional documents including the National Environmental Board's announcement to turn Samut Prakan into a pollution-control zone along with news clips and photographs during the March fire. The court received the documents but has not given any orders as yet.




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