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On Nut Incinerator Shut Down After Ignoring Odor Complaints

Department of Industrial Works staffers meet with executives from Krungthep Thanakom Co. at the On Nut incinerator Monday.
Department of Industrial Works staffers meet with executives from Krungthep Thanakom Co. at the On Nut incinerator Monday.

A Bangkok waste-to-energy incinerator has been shut down after On Nut residents complained about the plant’s smell.

Wanchai Phanomchai, director-general of the Department of Industrial Works, said complaints about the plant owned by Krungthep Thanakom Co. have been long-running. The DIW previously ordered the incinerator to address the odor problems affecting surrounding communities.

The facility, however, ignored the request, forcing residents to contact the agency again.

An inspection last week revealed that the factory’s maintenance protocols and odor-treatment systems were not being properly administered.

The DIW invoked sections 37 and 39 of the Factory Act of 1992, suspending operation until the problems are resolved and the overall situation improved.

Kriangphon Phatthanarat, Krungthep Thanakom director, said the factory is fully cooperating with authorities and will make every effort to solve the problem.

According to Kriangphon, more deodorant sprinklers will be installed at the factory and improvements will also be made in the transfer of refuse-derived fuel within the facility.