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27 Feb 2015

Chularat Saengpassa & Patinya Srisupamart, Nation (Thailand)

Thailand: After 10-year battle, court awards Mae Moh power plant victims 25-million baht

More than 100 people living near the Mae Moh power plant in Lampang province have finally won a 10-year-long battle against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), with the Supreme Administrative Court awarding them a total of Bt25 million in compensation…The…Court found that the plant had failed to control its emission of sulphur dioxide properly between late 1992 and August 1998. After being exposed to such dangerous gas, many locals have developed health problems….While [community leaders] Maliwan and Thirasak were reasonably satisfied with the yesterday's ruling, many felt justice had not yet been delivered...