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‘Declare city a pollution control zone’

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

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A woman wears a mask yesterday as heavy pollution continues to be a problem.

’Experts say govt already has tools to deal with Bangkok’s dangerous smog.

AS AIR pollution in Bangkok worsens this week and there are few signs of official measures offering relief, many academics called on the government yesterday to declare the capital a pollution-control zone, so related agencies can enforce stricter legal measures to limit emissions and protect people’s health.

Sonthi Kotchawat, independent environmental health expert, emphasised that the government already has the legal tools to swiftly order powerful mitigation measures needed to fight the dangerous smog and protect the population. Article 9 of the Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act could designate the capital a “pollution-control area” and allow actions that would reduce pollution.

Sonthi said in the case of a pollution emergency, in which people’s health and well-being is harmed, the prime minister can directly exercise this law. He could alternatively authorise the provincial governor of each locality to order stakeholders to reduce environmental impacts and control pollution, so as to swiftly mitigate the problem and ensure public safety.

Credit, Read more: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362694

-- THE NATION 2019-01-22

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