23 May 2024

Police have issued summonses for the partners in the company in Samut Sakhon province, on whose premises carcinogenic cadmium waste was initially discovered, Industry Minister Pimpatra Wichaikul said today.

The partners in J & B Metal Co., Ltd., identified only as “Jessada” and “Wanna”, are scheduled to meet with officers of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division tomorrow at 9am, she said.

Both partners will be questioned regarding the storage of approximately 3,040 tonnes of cadmium waste in their company’s warehouses. The police want to determine if similar waste has also been stored at other locations,” added the minister.

It has been confirmed that about 15,000 tonnes of the cadmium waste discovered at their warehouses originated from a factory in the border province of Tak.

Initial investigations have revealed that the firm in Tak holds a license to transfer the waste to Samut Sakhon, while the company in Samut Sakhon has obtained permits to conduct its business.

As of today, 3,040 tonnes of cadmium waste have been found at J & B Metal, 4,400 tonnes at a factory in the Ban Bueng district of Chon Buri province, 1,034 tonnes at Cin Hong Cheng Inter Tech (2008) and 500 tonnes at a factory in the Kathum Baen district of Samut Sakhon.