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  • Aug 21, 2014
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Tonnes of asbestos removed from UN headquarters in US$2b renovation

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

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

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

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.

16 Aug 2012 - 3:54am

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