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Thai Government concerned about 15,000 Tons of Cadmium Waste



In March, the officers have found about 15,000 tons of cadmium waste was transported from Tak Province to other provinces.


The cadmium waste was expected that it is a by-product from a zinc, lead, and copper mining operation in Tak Province that closed in 2016.


In 2017, a factory was obtained permission of 15,000 tons of cadmium waste transportation from Tak Province to other provinces. then, cadmium and zinc were transported to be used as a material for smelting of aluminum ingots, aluminum pellets from aluminum scrap & aluminum dross since August 2023, more than 13,450 tons in total. [1]


The following is a case of the cadmium waste that was found [2]:

1.  3,040 tons was found in Company A at Bang Nam Chuet Subdistrict, Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon Province.

2.  4,391 tons was found in warehouse at Klong Kiew Subdistrict, Ban Bung District, Chon Buri Province

3.  1,034 tons was found in Company B at Bang Nam Chuet Subdistrict, Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon Province

4.  500 tons was found in warehouse at Klong Madeua Subdistrict, Krathum Baen District, Samut Sakhon Province [3]


Officials continue to search for the remaining cadmium waste and will be returned to the landfill in Tak Province.


The Prime Minister of Thailand has ordered relevant agencies to investigate the facts and review the system for monitoring the industrial waste transportation. While, the opposition MPs have proposed that the Ministry of Industry should review the industrial waste and wastewater management system and accelerate the enactment of the PRTR law to disclose pollution data to the public. [4]

The penalty for possessing Category 3 Hazardous Substance under the Hazardous Substances Act B.E 2535 shall be punished by imprisonment up to 2 years, or a fine up to 200,000 baht, or both.



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