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Hotels, condos warned of B1mn fine for failing to submit environmental reports

Hotels, condos warned of B1mn fine for failing to submit environmental reports

PHUKET: Hotels, condominiums, large housing projects and other accommodation establishments face fines of up to B1 million if they fail to provide their required annual environmental impact reports, the Phuket Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office (MNRE Phuket) has warned.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 5 February 2023, 11:41AM

More than 2,000 venues in Phuket are required to file Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and Environmental Impact Assessment report (EIA) monitoring reports each year, explained MNRE Phuket Director Wattanapong Suksai.

Most locations are required to file IEE and EIA monitoring reports annually, but some must file such reports twice a year, he added.

However, so far the MNRE Phuket office has received ‘only’ hundreds of reports, he said.

The MNRE Phuket office sent notices on Jan 6 to inform operators of the deadline to file their report, Mr Wattanapong said.

The MNRE Phuket office will not take legal action against any operators who file their reports before Mar 2, he noted.

Under Section 101/2 of the Environment Act 1992, revised in 2018, failing to submit the annual and IEE and EIA monitoring reports can incur a maximum fine of B1mn, Mr Wattanapong warned.

All 19 municipalities of local administration organisations on the island have been instructed to inform the MNRE Phuket office of any operators who fail to submit their reports, he said.

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“Implementation of the EIA and IEE measures is very important for Phuket, which is a world-class tourist city, in order to take care of the environment, especially regarding the problem of wastewater,” Mr Wattanapong said.

“We will follow up if a project is a source of pollution, including hotels, condos and others. If they do not take care of this matter, wastewater problems will surely follow from the increasing number of tourists coming [to Phuket],” he added.

“As far as we know, Phuket now has more than 40,000 tourists coming in every day and it is estimated that in 2023 there will be at least 12 million tourists. If establishments do not take care of wastewater, I believe this problem will inevitably follow,” Mr Wattanapong said.

“After this [deadline], we will take serious action against establishments that do not comply with the law because notifications have been sent several times, and the last date for submission of the monitoring report is January 31, 2023.

Pressure is rising on the MNRE Phuket office to take action against those who fail to submit their reports, Mr Wattanapong noted.

“Although in the past in Phuket there has never been a fine for those who do not submit an annual monitoring report, in the Bangkok area more than 1,800 places have been fined,” he said.

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megamind | 07 February 2023 - 04:52:16

I never see anybody come to check any house/hotel. Get a look on the side of the road going to Nai Harn lake to understand what I mean.

vegasbaby | 06 February 2023 - 20:06:28

A proper septic system has a digestive sealed tank underground and a leech field to capture outflows.    Systems I have seen in Patong have a non digestive tank, no leech fields with raw outflows to gutters, klongs and then the sea. 

Kurt | 06 February 2023 - 10:34:23

Ok, ok, as  long the paperwork of IEE and EIA can be filed, MNRE will be satified. The 'rest' does'n't matter. Septic tanks, ( limited storage for guesthouse, hotels) have 'top over flow' outlets, easy to connect  with other flow off lines to the 'public'. Tessa Baan handles septic tank empty for B500 per tank. They sometimes wonder why they have not more 'work&...

Timothy | 06 February 2023 - 09:48:01

Just walking anywhere near a klong or drainage grate on the street. will tell you that very little is being done to deal with the raw sewage. There are (expensive) systems that could and should be installed in all hotels and large public buildings, but few requirements beyond the under-table payments for approval of construction, sadly. 

Capricornball | 06 February 2023 - 09:37:32

@pascale, Phuket doesn't need reports, they need proper systems to prevent pollution. MNRE can start looking into the filth near Cafe del Mar, or the usual Surin black water lagoon, or discharges into the khlong at south end of BangTao. Chronic problems that need more than a report. I have watched a wastewater truck drive to a poor part of BangTao and dump his load into a fetid pond.

JohnC | 06 February 2023 - 09:09:22

@vegasbaby. Haven't you ever heard of septic tanks? (And I'm not referring to the rhyming slang for Yanks on this occasion:-) Most of the island's toilets use septic tanks because there are no sewerage systems in place for human waste

vegasbaby | 05 February 2023 - 21:15:05

My environmental report is that the majority of toilets in Patong are not connected to a sewage system and simply drain their raw sewage directly into the sea.

Pascale | 05 February 2023 - 18:41:06

Ok, the MNRE can stop doing their job now.According to Capricornball it's to late already. No need for improvements. Just let them go on with more pollution. In a few weeks Mr.Capricorn can start complaining again that they never do anything here to improve the situation. Pathetic !

Nasa12 | 05 February 2023 - 18:38:21

Are Phuket a world class tourist city ? Absolutely not, how can they think that. 

Capricornball | 05 February 2023 - 12:32:56

So, Khun MNRE says that if polluters don't take care of wastewater, then problems will follow. Its too late, most biz do nothing, and Patong, Kamala, BangTao and Layan are constantly plagued with filthy stinking wastewater. What would otherwise be beautiful tropical beaches are the filthiest on the island. One more thing, Phuket is a "popular" destination, but certainly not "wor...


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