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Dump faces permit rap for landfill fire

Police say site has troubled past

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  • Writer: Apinya Wipatayotin & Suthiwit Chayutworakan
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Operators of the Samut Prakan landfill which has caught fire and is spreading pollution over a wide area have been charged with neglecting safety standards and operating a landfill without a licence. 

Facing up to toxic smog: Pedestrians on Phraeksa Road near the burning landfill in Samut Prakan's Muang district wear masks to protect themselves from hazardous smoke which has shrouded wide areas and caused visibility to drop. (Photo by Pattarachai Preechapanich)

The fire, which is still out of control, has forced some residents to evacuate and flee. Police say they have been trying to encourage the landfill operators to clean up their act for years, without success.

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