Thailand Lead Mining

January 10, 2013 - 8:32 AM
Karen villager Yaserh Nasuansuwan, right, sits with his compatriots for a court session against Thai Pollution Control Department at the administrative court in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The court has ordered the government agency to rehabilitate a lead-polluted creek and pay nearly four million US dollars in compensation to local villagers in a long-awaited environmental legal battle. More than 150 ethnic Karen villagers near the Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi province have suffered from lead-contamination in water, soil and aquatic animals for over 10 years. The toxic waste was released from a mining factory that was shut down in 1998. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)