The Living Islands Movement (LIM) urges opponents of the proposed super-incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau to get their letters of objection to the flawed Environmental Impact Report (EIA) in before a Saturday, December 17 deadline.
The full EIA is available at http://www.epd.gov.hk/eia/english/register/open/all.html
LIM has produced a copy of a sample letter for objectors to adapt, and a paper setting various possible points of objection plus some questions. It is suggested that correspondents select two or three points from the paper that are the most pertinent to them.
It is advisable to include at least one question in your letter of objection so that government is obliged to reply.
Objections should be sent to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD).
Fax: 2174 0894
By mail to:
The EIA Ordinance Register Office
Environmental Protection Department
27/fl Southorn Centre
130 Hennessy Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
For the attention of the Environment Protection Department
Re: Development of the Integrated Waste Management Facilities Phase 1
I am writing to place on record my objection to, and comments on, the EIA for the Development of the Integrated Waste Management Facilities Phase 1.
This document makes it clear that incineration is the government’s main solution to Hong Kong’s waste problem. There should be a greater emphasis on reducing and recycling waste and encouraging more responsible behaviour. Incineration is the easiest, but most expensive and most harmful solution. This document should be withdrawn and replaced by a proper waste management strategy.
The EIA clearly indicates that Shek Kwu Chau is the least appropriate location of the sites reviewed, because of its remote location, distance from the sources of waste, no connection to the electricity grid, damage to eco-systems, high cost of building and longer lead time to build.
The decision to build the incinerator in this location therefore insults the common sense and intelligence of the tax payers of Hong Kong.
Furthermore, the south Lantau coast and Offshore Islands district has been reserved by the government for conservation and recreation. Why are these planning guidelines being ignored? Why is the incinerator not being built in an industrial zone?
I do not agree that the environmental impact of an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau is “acceptable”. Irreversible damage will be caused by sea-bed dredging and the natural habitats of a number of unique species will be destroyed. People on south Lantau and Cheung Chau are also concerned about their exposure to the cumulative dioxins and other toxins that result from the transportation and incineration of waste.
The decision to site an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau has been made without the production of any comparative cost calculations. Can you confirm that building an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau will take two years longer and cost approximately four times as much as the alternative at Tsang Tsui Ash Lagoons? This project cannot proceed until these facts are fully disclosed, and tax payers have been widely consulted.
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