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Tuen Mun landfill

Legco's public works subcommittee voted on July 2, 2013, to approve a HK$35 million study of a Tuen Mun landfill expansion in the New Territories. The move has been met with strong opposition from residents, and the district council says Tuen Mun has a disproportionate share of dirty facilities such as power plants and fuel depots. Plans for another landfill, in Ta Kwu Ling, has also been drawn into the controversy. The government withdrew plans for the Tseung Kwan O site amid strong opposition.

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Chief executive urges support for landfill extensions amid rising opposition

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 July, 2013, 2:41pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 July, 2013, 3:30pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday urged lawmakers and Tuen Mun residents to support plans to extend to two landfill sites after pro-government legislators geared up their efforts to block the government’s funding request for one of the projects.

Speaking before attending an Executive Council meeting, Leung said it was necessary for Hong Kong to expand the two existing landfills, one in Tuen Mun and the other in Ta Kwu Ling.

Leung added that even with renewed efforts to reduce waste at source, the extensions would be needed by the city to cope with its waste.

[The landfill extension plan] will start with a study on how to extend it and ... minimise its impact on Tuen Mun residents
Leung Chun-ying

The plan to launch a feasibility study on extending the Tuen Mun facility has particularly met strong opposition, with New Territories leader and pro-government lawmaker Lau Wong-fat vowing to garner the support necessary to block it. Lau is also a big landowner in the area near the Tuen Mun landfill site.

Leung, in an apparent bid to address the concerns, said what the government was seeking now was funding for a feasibility study and there would be time to study how to reduce the nuisance caused by an enlarged landfill.

“The project to extend the landfill will not begin instantly. It will instead start with a study on how to extend it, and on what we can do to minimise its impact on Tuen Mun residents,” he said, adding that this exercise would take two years.

Leung’s remarks came ahead of a Legislative Council finance committee meeting this Friday to discuss the funding request for the remaining two of the government’s three landfill extension projects.

The administration last week withdrew one for the Tseung Kwan O site amid strong opposition.

Christine Loh, the undersecretary for the Environment, said on Tuesday that government officials would discuss the landfill extension plans with lawmakers and Tuen Mun residents ahead of Friday’s meeting.

On Tuesday as well, the Civil Party urged the government to withdraw its funding request for the Tuen Mun extension. The party has six seats in Legco.

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jkhleung
Forget about what Ben Tai tells you about how a "genuine" democracy would cure all the problems on this planet. Just look at how wonderful democracies work in practice. Every lawmaker for his votes rather than the common good! Aided and abetted by these parochial politicians, Not-in-my-backyard/Nimbyism will only get worse!!
 
 
 
 
 

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