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Police Uncover Massive Hazardous Waste Scandal Across Five Provinces Led by Opas Boonchan

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Police have uncovered hazardous waste illegally buried or dumped across five provinces—Ayutthaya, Chon Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phetchabun, and Rayong. This significant discovery, announced by Pol Lt Gen Thatchai Pitaneelabut on Thai PBS TV, reveals a distressing tale of environmental violation by two companies, Win Process and Aek Uthai.

Both companies are accused of dastardly deeds: either renting warehouses to clandestinely store toxic waste or disposing of it recklessly in forests and farmland. Law enforcement teams are currently hot on the trail, locating and unearthing these hazardous sites across the provinces.

Earlier this week, police inspections brought to light hazardous waste in the Uthai district of Ayutthaya and the Ban Khai district of Rayong. In Rayong, residents raised the alarm to industrial authorities, expressing their concerns about buried waste dating back to 2013. The officials unearthed aluminum dross—a dangerous byproduct of aluminum smelting—at five out of six randomly selected sites.

The legal wheels are already in motion, and charges have been pressed against ten individuals involved in this scandal. The companies had ostensibly won bids for waste disposal responsibly, yet never intended to follow through. Pol Lt Gen Thatchai highlighted the sheer deceit driving these operations.

One key suspect, Opas Boonchan, director of Win Process, was apprehended in Phetchabun and is now detained in Rayong. Authorities plan to staunchly oppose his temporary bail release, ensuring that justice faces no delay.

Adding a sinister twist to the narrative, police suspect arson at a hazardous waste facility in Ayutthaya and are probing into whether a similar fire in Rayong was intentionally set. The stakes are high as investigations continue to shed light on this dark tale of environmental degradation and corporate malfeasance.


  1. Lila Cook June 4, 2024

    I can’t believe companies still get away with this kind of criminal activity! Hazardous waste in forests and farmlands? It’s 2023, we should know better!

    • James T. June 4, 2024

      Absolutely, it’s infuriating! But the regulations clearly aren’t stringent enough to prevent it.

      • greenleaf78 June 4, 2024

        Honestly, it’s not just about regulations. It’s the lack of enforcement and oversight. These companies take advantage of the system’s weaknesses.

    • Chloe D. June 4, 2024

      I don’t know why this surprises anyone. Corporations are only interested in profits.

  2. GrowerIndy June 4, 2024

    As a farmer, this really hits home. Farmers work hard to maintain their land, and to think some businessman can destroy it overnight is frightening.

    • Megan H. June 4, 2024

      Too often people forget that farmland is not just ‘dirt’. It’s the livelihood of many and essential for our food security.

      • Jamie L. June 4, 2024

        Exactly! And hazardous waste can have long-term environmental effects, poisoning the soil and groundwater.

  3. Andy June 4, 2024

    Opas Boonchan should face severe penalties. A slap on the wrist won’t deter future crimes.

    • Polly S. June 4, 2024

      Agreed. If they don’t make an example out of him, others will think they can get away with it too.

      • Gabe R. June 4, 2024

        But let’s be realistic, big fines or even a prison sentence might not change a thing.

  4. Marcia June 4, 2024

    I’d like to see these companies clean up the mess they made, literally. They should be forced to fund the cleanup projects.

  5. Dwayne June 4, 2024

    It’s just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine how many more cases like this go undetected.

  6. eco_warrior123 June 4, 2024

    We need more stringent environmental regulations and watchdogs to ensure compliance.

    • Jade R. June 4, 2024

      But who will pay for it? At the end of the day, it’s the taxpayers footing the bill for additional regulations.

      • eco_warrior123 June 4, 2024

        Better we pay for proactive measures now than bear the enormous costs of remediation later. Prevention is cheaper.

      • Bert69 June 4, 2024

        Jade, not everything comes down to money. The environment is priceless.

  7. Skylar June 4, 2024

    It’s the same story everywhere. Greed over the environment. We need a global shift in mindset.

  8. Javier P. June 4, 2024

    I’m from Chon Buri and it’s honestly terrifying. We have families and children living here.

  9. Susana June 4, 2024

    Funny how these things only come to light because of local complaints. Shows how poorly monitored these activities are.

  10. Tom Bain June 4, 2024

    I don’t trust the authorities to keep him detained. He’ll probably bribe his way out of this one.

    • Nina L. June 4, 2024

      I hope not. We need to have faith in the justice system, but it does feel shaky sometimes.

      • Tom Bain June 4, 2024

        Maybe if the public keeps up the pressure, they’ll be held accountable this time.

  11. Kathy C. June 4, 2024

    The arson part of this story is just insane. Are these companies trying to cover their tracks by destroying evidence?

    • Lucas June 4, 2024

      Probably. It’s a classic move to destroy the evidence. If found guilty, those responsible for the fires should face additional charges.

      • Kathy C. June 4, 2024

        Absolutely. It’s a blatant attempt to obstruct justice. They should be punished even more harshly.

  12. bioqueen June 4, 2024

    How can this be happening in multiple provinces over several years without anyone noticing? Corruption or incompetence?

    • Phil J. June 4, 2024

      Most likely a bit of both. When money talks, ethics walk.

      • Alex June 4, 2024

        A sad truth. It’s about time we overhaul our systems to weed out corruption and ensure competency.

      • bioqueen June 4, 2024

        True, but overhauling a system isn’t easy. It requires political will and citizen intervention.

  13. Francisco June 4, 2024

    Imagine what would still be buried and poisoning our land if the police hadn’t found out about this?

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