Gold Mines in Thailand to Close Operations Due to Health and Environmental Impacts

Thailand: Chantaburi's Gemstone Industry

With a lot of public outcry about the health and environmental problems faced by the workers and nearby areas, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has issued orders for closing gold mines by not renewing and issuing licences for exploration and mining of gold ore. The government has decided to rehabilitate the mining areas and help workers to settle down when they lose their jobs. The results of health checks of the people living around the gold mines found high levels of harmful substance in their blood.

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