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Courts back locals in green fight

SPECIAL REPORT: Two recent verdicts in favour of residents mark key milestones in environmental litigation

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Residents fighting for their rights to live in a clean environment and to participate in natural resource management have won two historic court cases in the past eight days. 

On Jan 10, the Supreme Administrative Court ordered the Pollution Control Department (PCD) to pay nearly 4 million baht in compensation to 22 Karen villagers affected by lead contamination at Klity Creek, caused by a mining company in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district.

The verdict awards each plaintiff 177,999.55 baht compensation. The court also ordered the PCD to speed its clean-up operation in the creek.

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