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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 secretary in bid to save Tuen Mun landfill plan

Chief secretary to attend tomorrow's district council meeting to rally support for extension, but Heung Yee Kuk calls for plan's withdrawal

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 11:02am
 

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will attend a Tuen Mun District Council meeting tomorrow to rally support for the government's unpopular plan to expand a landfill in the area.

The extension row deepened yesterday as the Heung Yee Kuk published a statement calling for the withdrawal of the proposal, while the American Chamber of Commerce appealed to lawmakers to support it.

Lam's decision came after kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat, usually a government supporter, vowed to oppose the plan in the Legislative Council's Finance Committee on Friday. He said he was unhappy that the government had not consulted the district council properly. Lau also said about 100 residents would begin a hunger strike tomorrow in protest.

Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the undersecretary for the environment, Christine Loh Kung-wai, spoke on the issue yesterday but environment minister Wong Kam-sing was nowhere to be seen. The Environment Bureau said it was unlikely Wong would attend tomorrow's council meeting because a Legco debate he would attend today might drag on into tomorrow. Lam said she recognised the government did not have enough votes to pass the motion and admitted past consultation could have been better. She said she would oversee works to improve the environment in the district.

"I will bear the responsibility if the future works go wrong," she said. "I hope I can convince the district councillors that the motion is only about consultation and surveying fees."

The government is seeking HK$35 million for a feasibility study to expand the landfill by 200 hectares.

Lau said he welcomed Lam's decision to attend the meeting. He said he said he saw Lam yesterday but found their views were very different.

I will bear the responsibility if the future works go wrong. I hope I can convince the district councillors that the motion is only about consultation and surveying fees
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

"The government should postpone the plan," he said.

Lawmakers Abraham Razack and Lo Wai-kwok, members with Lau of the Business and Professionals Alliance, said the group's six members would oppose the proposal. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said it would continue to support it.

The kuk's statement said the government's decision to shelve a plan for extending the Tseung Kwan O tip "had complicated the issue" and "shaken the stance of government supporters".

AmCham president Richard Vuylsteke said in another statement that it was "highly concerned" about the extensions. "If necessary environmental measures are not taken, it would harm the quality of life in Hong Kong which ultimately affects the business environment of Hong Kong," he said, calling for lawmakers to vote for the plan.

Leung said the government would discuss with residents and district councillors how to improve the district's environment in research to be conducted after the funding was approved.

Loh said the bureau had spoken to various parties in consultation. She recognised that the government had not consulted councillors in the current term.

 

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dynamco
www.legco.gov.hk/yr12-13/english/panels/ea/papers/ea0527cb1-1079-2-e.pdf
" 15. The Panel held another special meeting on 20 April 2012 to continue discussion on the funding proposals. Noting that many measures pertaining to the Policy Framework HAD YET TO BE IMPLEMENTED, members were OPPOSED TO THE RELIANCE ON LANDFILLS for waste disposal in view of the associated environmental nuisances, as well as the long lead time and cost incurred from restoration of landfills. They stressed the need for a HOLISTIC PACKAGE of waste management measures (including WASTE REDUCTION SEPARATION + RECYCLING) with WASTE INCINERATION AS A LAST RESORT + better communication between the two terms of Government on environmental policies, IN PARTICULAR on the NEED FOR incineration. They also urged the Administration to identify other suitable outlying islands for IWMF and PROMOTE the local recycling industry. In view of the foregoing, members did not support the submission of the funding proposals to the Public Works Subcommittee for consideration."
Q1- WHAT ENB POLICY HAS CHANGED SINCE THE LAST LEGCO REJECTION DURING EDWARD YAU'S FAILED MINISTERIAL TERM ?
Q2-HAS THE GOVT CHANGED ITS BLINKERED MINDSET (EXPAND LANDFILL- BUILD INCINERATOR-BURN TRASH-DUMP RESULTANT ASH IN LANDFILL)?
Q3-HAS MANDATORY SOURCE SEPARATION +RECYCLING +WASTE CHARGING LEGISLATION BEEN PUT BEFORE LEGCO? DOES GOVT COLLECT SEPARATED WASTE FROM PRIVATE ESTATES FOR RECYCLING?
A1- NOTHING
A2- NO
A3- NO.NO.
dynamco
I thought the whole idea of ministerial accountability for their portfolios was already in place ??
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_Appointments_System
'The Political Appointments System is a scheme introduced in 2008 by the Hong Kong Government to reinforce its ministerial team by superseding the Principal Officials Accountability System and inserting two layers of politically appointed officials below the secretaries, who are political appointees'
daily
Yeah, right.............she say she will bear the responsibility if anything goes wrong in the future..........who does she think she is and what does she think she can do after she retires and is lying in the sun in some tropical place......don't make such a foolish and irresponsible comment Lam..........and stop pushing the local citizen's wishes.
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