PCD gets Bt11m to clean up Klity
The Cabinet has earmarked Bt11.85 million from the annual budget to help the Pollution Control Department efforts in rehabilitating the lead-contaminated Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district, deputy government spokesman Chalitrat Chantharubeksa said yesterday.
The Cabinet was asked to help with the PCD's creek rehabilitation, which includes testing the environment continuously for at least a year until it reaches acceptable lead levels. Last year, the Supreme Administrative Court ordered PCD to pay Bt177,199.55 in compensation to each of the 22 Karen villagers who were affected by the lead contamination and to urgently clean up the creek. Klity Creek was contaminated by water discharged from a nearby lead factory operated by Lead Concentrate Co, which was closed down by the Department of Mineral Resources' order in 1998. PCD was sued for being too slow to clean up the creek.