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Waste Study by WHO Used to Refute Claims Refutes Claims to Deny Claim

Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp is balking at compensating possible toxic-waste victims in part because the company claims that a World Health Organization report said...

World Bank Praises Logging Contract Cuts

A new World Bank report says that the government’s recent cancellation of logging contracts covering more than 2 million hec­tares of land represents a...

Activists Highlight Exploited Child Workers

It has become an all-too-familiar and sad story: A teen-age girl is lured from the provinces to Phnom Penh by a stranger who promises...

Waste Passed Insufficient Test

Ministry of Industry experts declared in early December that waste from Taiwan was merely cement and ceramic materials, even though they didn’t have the...

Team to Meet with Taiwanese Firm Over Waste

A three-person team will travel to Taiwan to negotiate with petrochemical giant Formosa Plastics over compensation and the re­moval of toxic waste from Siha­noukville,...

10 Log Concessions Cut, But Others Loom Large

At least 10 logging contracts covering more than 2 million hectares of land are being canceled in a move to curb illegal activity and...

Second Test Confirms Waste’s High Toxicity

A second test, this one conducted in Japan, has judged a sample of the mercury-tainted waste dumped near Sihanoukville to be highly toxic, officials...

Waste Not Tainting Water, Air, Expert Finds

No abnormal levels of mercury have been detected in water supplies near a suspected toxic waste dump in Sihanoukville, and a Jap­anese scientist said...

Status of Waste Still Unclear as Sickness Reports Persist

sey village, Sihanoukville - Sam Sopheap says almost everyone living in this logging mill village downhill from a suspected toxic waste dump experienced diarrhea,...

10 Charged For Roles in S’ville Riots

sihanoukville - Two employees of the human rights group Licad­ho and eight protesters have been formally charged in the weekend riots here, court officials...

Rights Activists Protest S’ville Detentions

At Least 12 in Jail For Joining Protest sihanoukville - Activists on Tues­day decried the continued detention of two Licadho human rights workers, including the...

S’ville Official Denies Role In Shipment

sihanoukville - First Deputy Governor Khim Bo, whose home was looted by protesters over the weekend, said Tuesday he had nothing to do with...

Suspensions, Arrests in S’ville Scandal

Armed Police Halt Dumping Protests sihanoukville - Two top customs and inspection officials were suspended here and police were detaining a Phnom Penh shipping agent...

Can a New Coalition Defeat the Temptation Of Power and Money?

In a cartoon for a local democracy think tank, Hun Sen and Prince Norodom Rana­riddh are depicted as proud parents overseeing the hatching of...

S’ville Waste Holds Mercury; Toxicity Unknown

The 3,000 tons of waste dumped earlier this month in the Sihanoukville area consists of 20-year-old sludge tainted with the highly toxic metal mercury,...

Official Vows Fines for Toxic Waste Imports Importers

Those responsible for importing suspected toxic waste into Cambodia will be prosecuted and forced to pay millions of dollars in compensation to the state...

Possible Toxic Dump Found Near S’ville

sihanoukville - Environmental officials say they suspect that a new dump site found about15 km outside the town center contains hazardous wastes shipped from...

Environment Chief Decries Kulen Grant

Cambodia’s top environmental official said he has asked the government to reconsider its decision to grant a development contract at Phnom Ku­len, one of...

Cambodian Art Seeks a Market

Art Enthusiasts Seek to ‘Break the Cycle’ Keeping Cambodian Art Hidden Inside a new gallery in Phnom Penh, art professor Ly Daravuth points to a...

­Tax Collection Down Despite Logging Yield

The government’s collection of only about $5 million in logging revenue so far this year is lower  than in previous years, despite high harvest...

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Gold mining suspected as cause of Cambodian mass poisonings

A spate of mass toxic poisonings in the Cambodian provinces of Kratie and Mondulkiri have hospitalized hundreds and killed at least 16 people since May.

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