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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2007
METAL Casting Technologies December 2007 41 POLLUTION CONTROL IN GENERAL ver the past year since the last MCT report on environ- mental matters in the Thai foundry industry  there have been no significant changes to emission standards under the interim Thai government. Emission and environmental regulations remain spread across a number of government departments. A number of non-governmental organizations are also involved in environmental issues. The major govern- ment agency is the Pollution Control Department which, when first established in 1992, was part of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Following re-organization the Pollution Control Department (PCD) is now under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MONRE). The PCD www.pcd.go.th) initiates and maintains measures to control, to prevent and remedy environmental problems caused by pol- lution. It is responsible for technical, management and legal aspects of air and water quality, noise pollution, hazardous sub- stances and solid waste. It produces an annual "Thailand State of Pollution Report". ENVIRONMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT DOES NOT INCLUDE SME FOUNDRIES As part of MONRE, the National Environmental Board (NEB) has the power to specify the type and size of any industrial projects or activities that require an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). This assessment process has been applied as a tool for environmental planning and management in Thailand since The Environment and Thai Foundries By Dr. John Pearce O