Joss stick nuisance left alone

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 January, 1993, 12:00am

SMOKE caused by burning joss sticks and paper offerings at the popular Wong Tai Sin temple may irritate workers and worshippers but the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is reluctant to control the situation.

The temple is in the middle of a densely-populated residential area. Thousands of worshippers burn joss sticks and paper every Lunar New Year holiday.

Those at the temple yesterday said they were bothered by the fumes and the air quality was poor.

The EPD has advised the temple on how much can be burned but has not received any complaints and does not want to interfere with religious ceremonies. Industrial or commercial operators can be charged for violating air quality standards, but the temple does not come under either category.