CPF Plant’s Wastewater Pond Ordered Shut After 5 Deaths

CPF Plant on Bang Na-Trad Soi 20

BANGKOK — The wastewater treatment pond inside a food processing plant belonging to the country’s largest corporate conglomerate was ordered to shut down for 30 days following the deaths of five people on Friday.

The director of the Industrial Works Department Mongkol Pruekwatana said Monday it had ordered the Charoen Pokphand Foods, or CPF, factory’s wastewater treatment system to shut down for 30 days until its system is improved and meets safety measures.

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There were no CCTV cameras installed at the scene. No charges have been pressed as of Monday afternoon, city police chief Lt. Gen. Sanit Mahathavorn said.

Five bodies – that of a veterinary intern and four plant employees – were pulled out of the wastewater treatment pond Friday morning. They died from suffocation after the Chulalongkorn University intern fell into the pond and the four tried to help her.

The plant belongs to Charoen Pokphand Foods, a subsidiary of CP Group.

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