United States Environmental Protection Agency

Purification fails to clear the air at Legco

It is not just pollution on the streets lawmakers have to worry about - even the air in the new Legislative Council complex could leave them coughing and rubbing their eyes.

Wednesday, 18 January, 2012, 12:00am

Monitoring, but no data on fine particles

The top environmental watchdog has set out a timetable for monitoring smog-related pollutants across the mainland amid mounting public pressure and setbacks in curbing pollution and energy waste this year.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pollution sensors offer some hope

Officials tend to drag their feet when it comes to measures intended to force people to change their behaviour to help ease pollution. There have been plenty of carrots offered, but few sticks wielded. Now, there is some good news. Starting from 2013, vehicles will be checked while on the road and those found to be exceeding permitted levels will face penalties.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Texas-size 'oops' makes HK look good

We have all complained about the low calibre of our politicians and political leaders. Many think it must have something to do with the city's lack of democracy. Surely if they had to take part in genuine electoral politics, our politicians would be sharper.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Air-quality standards may be tightened

Mainland authorities are considering tightening air-quality standards to include fine particulate matter in the pollution index for the first time, state media said.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Split over particles in bridge report

A judge and a lawyer were at odds yesterday over whether a set of pollutants should have been included in the environmental impact study for a cross-border bridge, even though they are not part of the government's objectives for air quality.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Dalian protest 'won't be the last'

The mass protest in Dalian over a toxic chemical spill scare was an urgent wake-up call to the Chinese authorities about rising public environmental awareness, which looks set to lead to more protests over pollution fears, analysts said.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK marine chief facing US charges goes on run

A marine superintendent working for a Hong Kong ship management company has gone on the run after being charged with four pollution-related offences in the United States.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Harbour City a leader in cutting waste

As worries over Hong Kong's environment grow, Harbour City made big strides last year to reduce its carbon footprint. After enrolling in the Conscientious Recycling Charter, it launched a campaign to collect used glass bottles and plastics.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Illegal works up sixfold on land in New Territories

Cases of unauthorised development in the New Territories have risen sixfold in the past 15 years, according to Planning Department figures.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Government must sort out the mess in New Territories villages

Once again, the government digs its head in the sand and refuses to address the real issue of New Territories village planning.

17 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Engineers offer to explain bridge report

Members of the public who found the environmental impact assessment report on the Hong KongZhuhai-Macau Bridge too difficult to understand were welcome to visit highways officials and seek explanation, a senior highways official said yesterday.

But extending the deadline for public consultation on the report was out of the question, the Islands District Council was told.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Reprieve for 'offensive' restaurant ordered shut under obscure edict

A restaurant operator who was ordered to shut up shop last month because he was operating an 'offensive trade' has won his battle with bureaucrats.

Two government departments that had accused him of breaching outdated land-use terms backed down yesterday, allowing the restaurant to continue operations.

10 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Controversial reclamation work had been approved, say officials

A controversial reclamation near Cyberport is completely legal and is in fact far smaller than what could have been built in the area, the Drainage Services Department says.

At the same time, a prominent waterfront protection activist has said that while it may be legal, the reclamation highlights the lack of protection for marine environments outside Victoria Harbour.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Bid to exempt doctors from witness role

A doctor should no longer be required to act as witness when someone signs over control of their interests to another person, the Law Reform Commission has proposed.

In a report released yesterday, the commission also proposed that the government, Law Society and non-governmental organisations promote the use of enduring powers of attorney (EPA).

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am