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Environmental Protection Department

Plan to slash emissions by updating old buses

The government is planning to fit 1,400 older buses with devices that will cut their nitrogen oxide emissions by over 60 per cent.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:12am

Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

When it comes to noise, Hong Kong could give bedlam a run for its money. From ear-pounding pile-driver punishment and the impatient hum of snarled-up traffic to barking dogs and excitable late-night neighbours, the cheek-by-jowl city we call home just loves to make a racket.

4 Jun 2013 - 1:04pm 1 comment

Funds sought for diesel phase-out

An unexpected last-minute surge in applications has prompted the Environmental Protection Department to seek more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Tsing Yi toxic waste facility may be moved

The Environmental Protection Department plans to hire a consultant to look into the future of the facility. It will direct the consultant to study the incinerator's operation, and whether it needs to be downsized or relocated to other locations such as to a rock cavern or reclaimed land.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

'Severe' air pollution hits parts of Hong Kong

Roadside air pollution soared to dangerous levels in Hong Kong on Monday as the territory was affected by a continental air stream with high content of pollutants. At noon, air pollution indices taken at roadside monitoring stations hit a “severe” level of 204 in Mong Kok and Central, and reached 144 in Causeway Bay.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2013

During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments

Green is good, as long as taxes are not in the red

It's always interesting and sometimes surprising to see what drives policy in Hong Kong. Take the story in yesterdays' SCMP about car dealers asking the government for more time to clear their stock of green vehicles before more stringent regulations are introduced.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:38am

Hong Kong's waste-charges plan get broad support, poll shows

People will have to pay to have their rubbish dumped after the Hong Kong government finally took the next step in dealing with its mounting waste problem after years of delays.

7 Dec 2012 - 2:36pm 4 comments

Disappearing paper trail more evidence of need for archive law

How interesting to read in yesterday's South China Morning Post the reason why the Health Department was unable to monitor and enforce the land-grant conditions of some non-profit making hospitals. These hospitals were supposed to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the poor and needy but have not been doing so, as was revealed by the Director of Audit last month.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Something is 'rotten' in the Prosecutions Department

We gather there has been some amusement in prosecution circles over the claim by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos, in his recent annual review, that the prosecutors who have departed over the past year "were at or near retirement age".

The response from some observers has been: "Who's he trying to kid?"

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am