The Rayong Provincial Administrative Court ruled on March 3, 2009 that the National Environment Board must announce Maptapud Industrial Estate and the surrounding areas as a pollution control zone within 60 days of the court’s order.
On March 4, 2009, the Chiang Mai Administrative Court ordered the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to pay compensation to villagers affected by the pollution caused by its Mae Moh power plant in Lampang province. Mae Moh, Thailand’s largest lignite-filed power plant, began operating on a small scale in the 1960s and was significantly expanded in the 1980s. Sulphur dioxide emissions from the power plant have had a severe impact on the heath of people, damage to crops and useable land in the 16 villages.
News Release from Access Info Madrid, 11 March 2009, for immediate release
The efforts of more than a hundred civil society organizations – including members of the TAI network – representing some thirty different countries in the Americas, have earned access principles a place on the agenda of this April’s fifth Summit of the Americas meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. But civil society’s intended role of influencing government officials there has been challenging, as the participation process has not been clear, and transparent and revised documents have not been released.