Around 120 residents turned out to a public meeting called by LIM on August 27 to oppose the construction of a “super-incinerator” on unspoilt Shek Kwu Chau.
LIM, which led the successful campaign against a decision to build a super-prison on Hei Ling Chau in 2004, argued its case against the super-incinerator.
In particular, it opposes locating it on Shek Kwu Chau, an island
LIM urged residents to join the “no” campaign on the grounds that:
1. Hong Kong needs to improve its pitiful general waste management methods before resorting to widespread incineration which won’t address the underlying waste problem.
2. The Ash Lagoons at the already degraded site in Tsang Tsui, over a hilly range from Tsuen Mun, are a cheaper, more efficient and logical choice.
There is already infrastructure with Black Point power station plus road access.
No land reclamation would be required and therefore it would be much quicker and cheaper to build there than at Shek Kwu Chau.
3. The Tsang Tsui choice would have an impact on fewer people — the lagoons are shielded by three mountain ranges and are more than six km from the nearest population cluster, Tsuen Mun.
4. Shek Kwu Chau is only three km away across open seas from densely populated Cheung Chau.
Ominously, government documents refer to the proposed incinerator as “the first” incinerator which implies the Hong Kong government expects to burn its way out of its waste management problem rather than addressing the root cause of the problem.
Despite citing the obvious advantages of selecting Tsang Tsui over Shek Kwu Chau, government documentation and plans plumped for Shek Kwu Chau at the earliest stage, suggesting a done deal.
Reproduced with permission from lantaulink.com