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Shek Kwu Chau chosen as site for incinerator after exhaustive process

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 January, 2014, 12:12am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 January, 2014, 5:24pm

I refer to the letter from Tom Yam ("Shek Kwu Chau is the worst site to build a new mega incinerator", December 29).

Contrary to what Mr Yam has suggested, we have clearly and comprehensively presented to the Legislative Council and the relevant district councils the process, the study findings and the rationale for selecting the site for developing the integrated waste management facilities Phase 1 in Hong Kong.

We conducted a detailed territory-wide site selection study in 2007-08.

We presented the study findings including comparison of different sites to Legco, the Advisory Council on the Environment and the Tuen Mun and Islands district councils in 2008.

The purpose of the site search study was to identify two sites for the conduct of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau and the Tsang Tsui Ash Lagoon were identified as potential sites.

The EIA was completed for the two sites in 2011.

Taking account of the EIA findings and the overall waste management strategy considerations, the artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau has been considered as the preferred site.

We pointed out clearly in the brief to Legco and the district councils in 2011 that developing the integrated waste management facilities at this site will require a relatively longer construction period and a higher capital cost. However, on balance, it is preferred because of the important considerations of a more balanced distribution of strategic waste facilities in the territory, more efficient interface with the refuse transfer station network, and the minimisation of cumulative air quality impact and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

It is incorrect for Mr Yam to say that we ignore the health impact on communities of the proposed technology.

The EIA for the integrated waste management facilities has included the human health impact assessment, the findings of which were accepted by the Department of Health.

To safeguard human health, reliable and proven technology will be adopted and the project will be designed and operated to meet stringent European standards.

Elvis W. K. Au, assistant director of environmental protection

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DinGao
Even an idiot reading the EIA would have come to the conclusion that Tsang Tsui was the preferred location on both cost and environmental grounds. Draw your own conclusions.
dynamco
a strange misnomer Environmental PROTECTION
'The EIA for the integrated waste management facilities has included the human health impact assessment' should read 'deliberately omitted' instead of 'included'
Search 'incinerator death proximity Spain, Sint Niklaas Belgium' then click on the other links you will see -gee ENB missed these peer reviewed reports!
As for the Advisory Panel on the Environment read, 'Rubber Stamp'
2008 s a long time ago
Technology advances
People died in 2008 due to the lack of certain drugs which are now available in 2014 & saving lives.
HKG needs the new technology not the ancient dinosaur.
As for the UK visit the delegation will visit Lakeside incinerator Colnbrook
Fully operational for only two years , last year it had 58 breaches of air quality standards, of which one showed emissions 2,000% higher than permissible. This s the new bonfire technology Mr Au refers to. In Amsterdam they will visit AEB incinerator which is the 484th most polluting facility in the whole of the European Union with a cost to health + society shown as 56 million Euros per annum. Then they will go to trash importers Denmark + Sweden which need to import garbage to keep their incinerators running. They will see an incinerator designed like a cathedral,God's face with Devil's interior, that is not 100% operational yet, then the ski slope Amager incinerator that will not be operational till 2017 - very useful + coincidentally no emissions data available.
jtc
THIS GUY DYNAMCO NEEDS TO GET A LIFE !!!
rpasea
Let's step back and ask a few basic questions: do we want to build a mega plant based on older technology? Do we want to build several smaller plants at existing landfills with the newest technology as it is developed? Do we want to put all our eggs in one basket for any strategic asset like this?
dynamco
Does HKG need trash biz?
theenergycollective.com/ecskris/222321/distributing-garbage-commodity-
industry-booms-europe
‘It’s a commodity’ No, the Oslo waste-to-energy projects mean business, literally. ”There’s a European waste market – it’s a commodity,” states Hege Rooth Olbergsveen, senior advisor for the program.
www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/14/norway-waste-energy
Trash to Cash
www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/world/europe/oslo-copes-with-shortage-of-garbage-it-turns-into-energy.html?_r=0
Oslo imports garbage
www.mnn.com/lifestyle/recycling/blogs/sweden-runs-out-of-garbage-forced-to-import-from-norway
Sweden imports garbage
www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/germany-s-booming-incineration-industry-burning-the-world-s-waste-a-467239.html
Germany imports the world's garbage
www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/uk-may-have-to-import-rubbish-forincinerators-2040614.html
UK may have to import rubbish for incinerators
www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/08/the_netherlands_is_europes_big.php
Netherlands Europe's biggest trash importer
www.energytrendsinsider.com/2010/09/20/recycling-our-way-to-sustainable-waste-management/
'Swiss highest recycling rates in the world mean of 76% of recyclable items being recycled Running those waste burning facilities at halfway decent efficiencies needs a constant inflow of waste, which might be a problem for Hawaii (seasonality of tourism), even Switzerland imports waste from Germany to keep plants going'
dynamco
maybe our Environment Minister can learn from the Danish Environment Lady Minister ?Copenhagen Post
cphpost.dk/news/government-launches-new-recycling-targets.7215.html
Government launches new recycling targets
New initiatives will make it easier for Danes and businesses to recycle more of their organic and electronic waste October 7, 2013 14:01 by Peter Stanners
More waste should be recycled and less burned for energy and heating according to the Environment Ministry's new recycling strategy, which was released today Denmark currently ranks eighth in the EU in terms of the share of waste that is recycled, 42 percent. But Denmark is the EU leader in burning waste for energy and heat – 55 percent of waste is used for this purpose. The environment minister, Ida Auken (Socialistisk Folkeparti), argues
that burning all this trash amounts to a waste of resources.
“Rubbish is full of value that we currently just burn,” Auken told DR Nyheder.” And that doesn’t make any sense in a world where the battle for resources is getting tougher and tougher. That’s why we are changing our approach to trash so that we burn less and reuse more.”

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