- 12 April 2011 at 2:16 am #7238
It’s the slowest, most environmentally destructive and most expensive option.
Will cause permanent destruction of and damage to best fishing ground near Cheung Chau
Location is not suited to a large-scale, complicated industrial process: this will be among the world’s largest waste incinerators, needs extreme care to ensure that emissions are not harmful to health, including causing cancers
If toxic emissions are released, will spread across surrounding area, including over Lantau and to Kowloon and Tuen Mun
The artificial island and incinerator will form an eyesore in one of the most beautiful areas in HK.
Damage to tourism on Cheung Chau, and along south Lantau. Especially to recreational boating.
Contradicts government plan to designate this area for conservation and leisure tourism.
Shek Kwu Chau has fascinating land wildlife, including white-bellied sea-eagle, a unique snake species, rare lizard, high butterfly diversity. All could suffer from air pollution; disturbance may stop the eagles nesting.
Will kill globally endangered porpoises [rare, and cute]
More marine life will be killed15 April 2011 at 2:13 pm #8606
Judging by info from Elvis Au, deputy director of Environmental Protection Department, seems the government decided an artificial island by Shek Kwu Chau should be site for incinerator, and then concocted reasons in support of this.
Four reasons, all poor; I can only remember three right now.
– Downwind of the main population centre
– Sharing facilities among districts of Hong Kong
– Central location of Shek Kwu Chau, so convenient for transport of waste
Downwind? But surely you say the emissions will be wonderful and clean…
Sharing facilities? Hahaha, just look at our hospital (say); does this mean only share bad facilities? [If govt saying it's sharing a good facility, well we're kind people on CC and happy to let someone else have the benefit of incinerator on doorstep…]
To really share, need more; such as at Waste Transfer Stations (as Hung Wing Tat suggested)
As to central location of Shek Kwu Chau
– well, that's good isn't it?
Pick up a map of Hong Kong, look in the middle of it, and what do you see? …
Another contradiction: they say it's to southwest (downwind), away from population centre; and yet – by magic! – it is also right in the middle, very convenient for transport
No good reasons from Elvis for not siting at Central, beside new govt buildings; doing so would show government's confidence in incineration, and sincerity in wanting to protect Hong Kong's natural environment.
– only real reason being all those committee decisions, which led to this terrible plan.
There's an English "saying" about camel being "a horse designed by a committee"
No leadership from government!
Main officials hiding away, sending Elvis Au and others as the people in public.
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