Tonnes of asbestos removed from UN headquarters in US$2b renovation

The UN Headquarters has been restored in New York. Photo: AFP

A silent killer that stalked Nikita Khrushchev, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro and other world leaders as they gave historic speeches has been exhumed from the UN headquarters.

Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 3:29am

Quiz: Asbestos

Quiz: Asbestos

The cancer-causing agent asbestos recently returned to the headlines after residents living in a government-owned block of flats at Mount Butler were notified of inspections for the harmful substance, reportedly the first time in five years.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

Contractor Hung Key Cheong Yip denies illegal asbestos removal

A contractor involved in the demolition of three buildings has denied breaking the law on the handling of asbestos.

Hung Key Cheong Yip yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges that it had failed to hire a registered asbestos remover or give at least 28 days' notice about the work, as required by the Air Pollution Control Ordinance.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:12am

Asbestos inspection sparks health concerns among building residents

The building at 111 Mount Butler Road is being inspected for asbestos. Photo: Edmond So

Residents of a government-owned block of flats are concerned for their health after a building contractor handed out flyers saying it was inspecting it for asbestos, a cancer-causing substance.

2 Sep 2012 - 3:04am

Hong Kong contractor charged over illegal asbestos removal work

Seven summonses have been issued to contractor Hung Key Cheong Yip, accusing it of demolishing buildings without taking proper precautions to stop cancer-causing asbestos being released into the air.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

Chinese car exports to Australia hit asbestos road bump

The Australian distributor of Chinese carmakers Great Wall Motor and Chery has recalled thousands of vehicles over traces of asbestos. Photo: Bloomberg

China's budding car export trade suffered a setback yesterday when an Australian distributor recalled 21,500 vehicles made by mainland carmaker Great Wall Motor and another 2,250 Chery Automobile vehicles over traces of asbestos found in their engines and exhausts.

8 May 2015 - 4:38pm

Group demands action on condition of squatter huts

A new advocacy group is calling for a government task force to address safety issues of squatter huts made all the more apparent by the recent signal No 10 typhoon.

The Squatter Huts Concern Group urged the administration to tackle this long-standing problem by either phasing the structures out or improving their condition.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Asbestos dangers must be disclosed

The danger caused by asbestos released from old buildings during demolition has been well recognised around the world. The cancer-causing fibres can remain airborne for a long period, while diseases may not appear for 40 years.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Make asbestos list public, say lawmakers

Legislators are urging the government to name buildings known to contain asbestos, after a report revealed that the cancer-causing dust may have been released following the improper demolition of a Mid-Levels block in Borrett Road.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asbestos scare halts work

Asbestos may have been released into the air near schools and homes after a consultant wrongly claimed the carcinogenic substance was not present in a government building before demolition work began.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mid-Levels suits over asbestos weighed

A Cheung Kong subsidiary or its demolition contractor could face legal claims from residents and schools in Mid-Levels, where tiny particles of cancer-causing asbestos dust may have been released during improper demolition of its buildings.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ban on all types of asbestos planned

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.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Asbestos found in 1,100 old buildings

The Development Bureau says it has found 1,100 old buildings containing asbestos during Operation Building Bright, a HK$2.5 billion publicly funded maintenance programme. Asbestos is a toxic material banned in construction in 1996. Officials who inspected sites found no contractors had violated regulations during removal of asbestos, which can cause lung cancer.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing playing with asbestos time bomb

One of the consistent themes in any story about China's miraculous economic development is the concern that that achievement has come about at the expense of long-term environmental or public health consequences.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Mainland faces explosive rise in asbestos-related lung disease

The mainland faces an explosive outbreak of asbestos-related lung diseases as it enters its fourth and biggest decade in the production and use of asbestos, which some call 'that other deadly white powder'.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am