Ministerial Regulation Soil and Groundwater Contamination Control in Factory Area B.E. 2559 (2016) (Part1/4)

By the virtue of the first paragraph of Section 6 and Section 8 94) (5) (6) (7) and (8) of the Factory Act B.E. 2535, the Minister of Industry herewith prescribes the following Ministerial Regulation:
Section 1 This Ministerial Regulation shall come into force after the period of 180 days as from the date of its publication in the Government Gazette has elapsed.
Section 2 In this Ministerial Regulation;
“Soil and groundwater contamination” means a state when soil and groundwater in factory area are contaminated in a level that is not habitable or that it became risky and is probably harmful to health and environment.
“Soil and groundwater quality inspection” means a sampling and analysis of soil and groundwater in factory area, and a comparison of the sampling’s contaminant concentration with the soil and groundwater contamination criteria.
“Soil and groundwater contamination criteria” means a background level of soil and groundwater contaminant in factory area calculated in accordance with a criteria and method determined by the Minister that is published in the Government Gazette, which is safe for health and environment.
“Contaminant” means chemicals or any other things used or stored in factory area, or wastes generated in the factory that may be harmful to health and environment, as follows;
(1) Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)
(2) Heavy Metals
(3) Herbicides and Pesticides
(4) Substances of which their properties and qualifications are in accordance with the Notification of Ministry of Industry regarding the Industrial Waste Management.
(5) Other substances as determined by the Minister and published in the Government Gazette
“Factory operator” means a person engaging in a factory business according to types or kinds of factory annexed to this Ministerial Regulation.