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Working group to monitor Phuket’s dust pollution levels

Working group to monitor Phuket’s dust pollution levels

PHUKET: Authorities in Phuket have confirmed a working group has been established to actively monitor air quality and the threat of smog and fine particulate dust matter known as PM 2.5 across the island.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 16 February 2023, 02:22PM

A meeting yesterday (Feb 15) at the Phuket Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office (PPDPM), on the third floor of Provincial Hall, was presided over by Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodbam, who was joined by the PPDPM’s Udomporn Kan and other relevant officials to form a working group who discussed guidelines to prevent the spread of the dust matter.

The meeting revealed that last month saw an increase in the number of fires on the island, particularly in agricultural and forest areas which has created a series of “hotspots”.

It was also revealed that the levels of PM 2.5 had exceeded standard levels for several days in a row, which posed a potential health hazard to people on the island.

The working group declared that they would continue to monitor the situation and focus on three specific areas, as per a 2021 national agenda aimed minimising dust pollution.

Internal - Phuket News TV

The three areas of focus are: urban areas, factories and industrial sites with high pollution and engine maintenance on vehicles, including roadside checkpoints for those emitting hazardous black smoke from their exhausts.

Furthermore, it was disclosed that hotspots in forest areas had decreased by 20% in the past five years, which included a 10% decrease in general forest and agricultural burning and a specific 5% reduction in the burning of sugarcane.

The meeting concluded by stating, as summer had arrived earlier this year and temperatures were slightly higher than usual, the working group had been set up to monitor the situation and to ensure there are no escalations which could lead to a potential crisis.

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Kurt | 18 February 2023 - 00:37:11

Pascale, good you agree no need of year in-year out endless monitoring as it happens.. Yes, I read about the check points. Come back to me about it when they are established, and...functioning!!  Until than it are for me just the usual Thai talks only. Same as tent sitting along the roads twice a year. Don't think dull, Pascale.

Capricornball | 17 February 2023 - 14:18:56

Thank you Tas...I would have thought there was enough context in my comment that made it clear that the burning of trash/green waste is a substantial source of pollution, therefore laws against it should be enforced (silly idea, I know). Many locals burn trash (including plastic) to avoid having to pay for trash pick-up. Green wastes should be chipped and reused in agricultural areas.

Pascale | 17 February 2023 - 14:16:15

Right Kurt,it don't need years long endless monitoring. It need's your endless moaning year by year while sitting in your armchair. Btw, did you read the paragraph in the article about setting up check points regarding "black smoke from their exhausts" ? No ? I thought so !

Taswegian | 17 February 2023 - 13:28:45

Did Capricornball imply that laws regarding burning trash and green waste need to be enforced? I didn't think he was saying it should be made obligatory by law.

Kurt | 17 February 2023 - 13:06:58

Gerry, the very well known sources of the Phuket pollution don't need years long endless monitoring. It needs ACTION, about what Officialdom is so apathic and paralysed about, not doing anything. Just useless talks, but with important'' photo taking. ( laugh)

GerryT81 | 17 February 2023 - 11:45:08

As Kurt and Capricornball think that monitoring the pollution is useless, that group can cease their well intended work now. 

JohnC | 17 February 2023 - 08:43:26

@capricornball. Main thing to do 1) enforce burning trash/green waste?!? Are you sure? Because to most of us that is just making it even worse, like pouring petrol on a fire.

Kurt | 16 February 2023 - 18:59:46

...Laugh of the Day.... A working group, wow! For what? To confirm again and again what everybody living on the islands knows already many years about road smog , dust levels, burn offs and beach water pollution.?
This is just a job creation project for people who sit at empty desks in government buildings.

Capricornball | 16 February 2023 - 16:04:52

An even more important issue where's the "working group" for the filthy water pollution that plagues Phuket beaches 24/7 x 365 days a year? Never an effective measure to stop water pollution.

Capricornball | 16 February 2023 - 16:02:52

Hardly need a working group to identify that a major source of smoke and PM2.5 is from every idiot burning everything whenever they want, and nobody ever stops it. Main things to do 1) enforce burning trash/green waste, 2) fine trucks belching black smoke because they think its cool. Oh wait, sounds like those are jobs for the police, but they don't do anything.


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