'Living fossil' at risk from waste water in country park enclave: scientists


Residents say stream abundant in wildlife is threatened by village development nearby in latest row over country park enclaves

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2014, 3:10am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2014, 7:43am

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Waste water from a building site in a Sai Kung country park enclave is polluting a stream rich with wildlife including creatures known as "living fossils", residents and scientists believe.

Environment officials carried out inspections at Tai Tan village, which straddles both Sai Kung east and west country parks, after residents last week reported seeing cleaners sweeping waste water into the freshwater stream.

The officials vowed to keep close tabs on the area after the residents traced sludge in the stream uphill to a muddy ditch at the construction site, where 20 village houses are being built on one side of a single-track road adjacent to the stream.

The area is part of one of 54 enclaves which the government is drawing up plans to protect, either through zoning or by folding them into country park: a process that is proving controversial amid clashes between conservationists and landowners, who feel their rights are in jeopardy.

Gist of decisions on Draft Outline Zoning Plans for Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun

Gist of the decision by Town Planning Board regarding the Draft Outline Zoning Plans for Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun. Heung Yee Kuk's demand for more houses: Not upheld. Public demand for conservation:.. Partially upheld. Now we need to wait for the full minutes to find out which PART of our proposals has been accepted.


Support the establishment of large scale waste sorting facilities and the better use of the land at our landfills


Living Islands Movement

Dear Members and Friends

Support the establishment of large scale waste sorting facilities and the better use of the land at our landfills

Since many of you made submissions to the Town Planning Board back in December the Integrated Waste Management Action Group (IWMAG) has been reviewing the 3,384 submissions and has prepared supplementary information to respond to points raised.  

The updated submission is now open for comments before Friday 23 May. Further details available via http://wastehk.org/2014/05/11/submissions-due-by-23-may-for-rezoning-application-to-the-tpb/

More on the Air and Incinerators

(Via Email) Dynamco - May 13th 2014 7:22am
Au (Environmental Destruction Dept) must 1st tell us why we have no source separation of MSW laws or Govt collection of recyclables o/s housing estates (yet Govt wants to charge for even separated MSW), no Green Bin collection system for food +yard waste, why no Zero Waste policies, why other advanced countries are embracing plasma gasification technology after due diligence, why CIWEM worldwide policy recommends use of food waste disposers & the sewage network to handle food waste (poo pooed by AU but reconfirmed by CIWEM expert panel to suit here), why transit-trash cargo enroute China was being included in 'local' recycling sham figures, why the EU is closing landfills by 2020 to any recyclable item whereas here EDD wants to expand landfills
Au refers to an EDD organized trip to Europe including Denmark which now has a paradigm policy shift away from incineration to embrace recycling.
Removing 40% food waste from daily domestic MSW would leave dry recyclables 2 satisfy new recycling industries & employment, source separation laws w/associated Govt collection of ALL recyclables, Green Bin collection of food waste from NT villages & private estates to central garburation stations would reduce HKG’s daily waste stream to the extent that no incineration or landfill is necessary.
Au “will not cause adverse impact to human health” is a blatant lie contradicted by Peer reviewed online reports.
”99% PM2.5” will be caught = 30,000 kgs killer heavy metal/dioxin particulates into the air daily.

RTHK English News


Yuhang shelves incinerator plan


Authorities in the district of Yuhang, near Hangzhou, have promised to shelve controversial plans to build a large incinerator if it does not have popular support. This follows a violent protest in which 10 demonstrators and 29 police were injured.

The Xinhua news Agency said 30 vehicles were overturned as protesters set two police cars on fire on Saturday and blocked a highway in Yuhang.

One protester and a policeman have been reported seriously injured.

The Associated Press quoted a woman who lives near the proposed incinerator site as saying that thousands of people turned out for the protest, which followed government assurances that the project would not pose a health threat.

But the report said the protesters did not return on Sunday as police were heavily guarding the area.

NOT the Real EPD ?

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Subject: NOT the Real EPD ? There are different ways of taking the piss in Hong Kong

NOT THE REAL HONG KONG EPD ?  www.epd.gov.hk


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Link to the Powerpoints from Save our Country Parks Town Planning Board Meeting

WWF Enclaves Investigation Report

The Enclaves Investigation Report compiled by WWF-HK has been completed. This report details the importance of enclaves, their destruction fueled by development and what needs to be done to properly protect them. A featured article on this issue can be found in the link below where you can also download the full report and executive summary.

English: http://wwf.hk/cprepen 
Chinese: http://wwf.hk/cprepch 

Hope this report will help our battle to save the enclaves, in particular Hoi Ha, So Lo Pun and Pak Lap in which their fate will be determined by Town Planning Board in the coming days. Please keep up the heat by raising this topic in your network and feel free to share the article and report.

Ehrlich-LOH Residences.pdf Santa Monica CA

In 2017 Christine Loh will be out of here for her mansion in Santa Monica (clean air, recycling, food waste Green Bin collection FOC)

http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PublicWorks/ContentRecycling.aspx?id=16222               Green Bin food waste collection

http://www.smgov.net/departments/Council/agendas/2009/20090428/s2009042808-A.htm  Zero waste at home in California – why not here ?

http://www.sfenvironment.org/zero-waste not for Hong Kong ?


She will be leaving a toxic incinerator / landfill / ash lagoon legacy to appear 6 years after she departs


Taiwan’s Zero Waste policy

Dear Legco Members,

Herewith relevant Taiwan’s Zero Waste policy for your information.

Kind regards,

James Middleton




-       Waste Prevention Targets

As a result of community pressure, in 2003,TEPA adopted a zero waste policy. Initially, the definition of zero waste included incineration, but

after criticism from community organizations, the wording adopted in December 2003 defined zero waste as “effectively recycling and utilizing resources

through green production, green consumption, source reduction, recovery, reuse, and recycling.”3 In addition, the policy established waste diversion targets of 25

percent by 2007, 40 percent by 2011, and 75 percent by 2020. Unlike most diversion figures, these referenced a static baseline of 8.33 million tons of

waste generated in 2001.