Fourteen years after a lead mining company closed down and left the area polluted, Klity Creek villagers finally get compensation and the court orders a clean-up | Bangkok Post: news

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Final ruling out in Klity Creek case

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The Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday ordered the Pollution Control Department to pay a total of 3.8 million baht compensation to 22 Karen villagers over lead contamination at Klity Creek in tambon Chalae of Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi province. 

The verdict ended a nine-year legal battle between the department and the 22 Karen people who filed the lawsuit in 2004.

In the lawsuit, the Karen said the department, which is under the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, was too slow to clean up Klity Creek after Lead Concentrate Co illegally discharged water highly contaminated with lead into the stream, causing them to suffer from the health hazards caused by the metal.

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