Ban on all types of asbestos planned

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 April, 2011, 12:00am


The Environmental Protection Department wants to ban the importation and sale of all kinds of asbestos by the end of next year. Officials will seek to amend the Air Pollution Control Ordinance, which currently bans blue and brown asbestos, to cover white asbestos as well, following practices in the European Union. Those who import, sell and use asbestos illegally could face up to six months in jail and a fine of HK$200,000.