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New tests for residents near big gold mine

A FRESH round of blood/urine tests is now being processed through the initiative of five organisations, including the Industry Ministry, to assess a gold mine’s impacts on the health of people living in Phichit, Phetchabun and Phitsanulok provinces.

The tests, which started with a blood-sample collection on Saturday, are the sixth round since locals became concerned about the operation of the Chatree Mining Complex. Many residents have complained about deteriorating health.

By Pratch Rujivanarom

Phetchabun Province, Thailand, November 26, 2015

The Nation

A FRESH round of blood/urine tests is now being processed through the initiative of five organisations, including the Industry Ministry, to assess a gold mine’s impacts on the health of people living in Phichit, Phetchabun and Phitsanulok provinces.

The tests, which started with a blood-sample collection on Saturday, are the sixth round since locals became concerned about the operation of the Chatree Mining Complex. Many residents have complained about deteriorating health.

The blood/urine collection took place at Dong Lhong Temple in Phatchabun’s Wang Pong district over the weekend.

“I’m sure that we can come up with accurate results in one month,” Dr Smith Tungkasmit of Rangsit University said yesterday.

“The results should come out in time to solve the problems surrounding the goldmine.”

Read more at The Nation

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