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Prachin buri industrial park denies excess mercury claim

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An executive of 304 Industrial Park in tambon Tha Tum of Prachin Buri's Si Maha Phot district has dismissed a non-governmental organisation's report claiming high levels of mercury contamination in fish and in the hair of residents living along the area's Shalongwaeng Canal. 

The industrial park houses several coal-fired power plants and pulp and paper mills. Tambon Tha Tum is one of 29 mercury hot spots around the world.

Ecological Alert and Recovery-Thailand (Earth) on Wednesday released a report stating high levels of mercury were found in hair collected from residents living in tambon Tha Tum and in samples of fish in Shalongwaeng Canal, which is connected to the industrial site. The survey was conducted last year under a grant from the Swedish and Swiss governments.

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