PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak today led a team of local officials to investigate claims that the Thaisarco tin smelter at Cape Panwa was releasing contaminants into the air, causing lung cancer and other health issues among local residents.

Prapan Kanprasang, head of the Damrongtham Center, which acts as the provincial ombudsmanís office, said his office received a letter of complaint in December.

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