Thai authorities uncover illegal e-waste importation at three factories in central Thailand

An illegal importation of digital waste, or e-waste, was uncovered during a raid by the Department of Industrial Works and the Pollution Control Department. They found over a thousand tonnes of the waste in three factories situated in Pathum Thani and Chachoengsao provinces.
The inspection occurred today, initiated by Police Lieutenant General Puthidech Bungrapheu, of the Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
Authorities from the Department of Industrial Works and Pollution Control Department stormed two companies, one primarily based in Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, following a court-issued search warrant.
At the site, they discovered one girl, recognized only as Nuengruethai, who was managing the ability. Simultaneously, authorities additionally examined one other company located in Khao Hin Sorn, Phanom Sarakham, Chachoengsao. At the second website, they discovered a woman recognized as Siraphat, additionally managing the operations.
During Unconditional , they found 1,960 digital objects, 60 laptops, and another 1,000 kilogrammes of digital elements, which they believed were illegally imported from overseas. Investigators had beforehand acquired intelligence about covert imports of e-waste, a prohibited item as a outcome of its potential to trigger air air pollution.
The factories served as storage and sorting facilities for the e-waste, with the weight exceeding 1,000 tonnes, reported KhaoSod.
Upon interrogation, the company managers claimed that that they had bought a variety of the objects from native villagers however couldn’t present any proof to support their statement.
Initial investigations also revealed that every one three companies had been operating with out proper notifications, had installed equipment with out permission, and had been releasing waste gases from their production processes with no proper air pollution management system.
The offences violate the Factory Act and other associated legal guidelines. Consequently, all evidence was seized and cases have been initiated according to the regulation by PACC’s investigative officers. The accused have been asked to supply relevant paperwork for further investigation.
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