Thai villagers urge government to act fast over arsenic poisoning

January 19, 2015 9:17 AM

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Villagers living near Thailand's largest gold mine asked the Thai government on Monday to quickly prove the source of arsenic and manganese contamination that has led to a suspension in operations at the mine.

Output at the Australian-run mine has been suspended for 30 days while inquiries are conducted and the suspension could be extended if the miner fails to come up with evidence within that time. Thailand's forensic science institute told the mine to address contamination fears on Friday.

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