Army inspects factory that ignored pollution shutdown notice in March

Army and municipal officials have visited a factory in Chang Phuak that has been the subject of a variety of pollution complaints from locals.

According to Thai media, the complaints, which go back 3-4 years, relate to bad smells in the vicinity of the factory due to the chemicals used in the printing process as well as vibrations and noise from the equipment in the factory.

The factory itself was ordered closed in March due to the pollution issues but has continued to trade pending an appeal, despite authorities saying that the court order does not allow them to continue to trade.

A lawyer representing the owner claimed that the factory was in the process of moving to Doi Saket and that the investigation was not required.

An army spokesman said that further legal action would be taken against the factory including three new charges: operating a factory without permission, breaching the Public Health Act and building without permission.