Environmental Permit No. EP-012/1998
環 境 許 可 證 編 號 EP-012/1998

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT ORDINANCE
(CHAPTER 499)
Section 10

環境影響評估條例
(第499章)
第10條

ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE DESIGNATED PROJECT
建造及營辦指定工程項目的
環境許可證

PART A (MAIN PERMIT)
A部(許可證主要部分)

Pursuant to Section 10 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, the Director of Environmental Protection (the Director) grants this Environmental Permit to the NEW TERRITORIES NORTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (the "Permit Holder") to construct and operate the designated project described in Part B subject to the conditions described in or attached to Part C. The issue of this Environmental Permit is based on the documents, approvals or permissions described below :

根據環境影響評估條例第10條的規定,環境保護署署長(署長)將本環境許可證批予拓展署新界北拓展處(許可證持有人)以建造及營辦B部所說明的指定工程項目,但須遵守C部所說明或附載的條件。本環境許可證的發出,乃以下表所列的文件、批准或許可作為根據:

Application No.
申請書編號

AEP 012/1998

Document in the Register

登記冊上文件

Main Drainage Channels for Ngau Tam Mei, Yuen Long and Kam Tin: Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Schedule (Register No. EIA-089/BC) [Hereinafter referred to as "the EIA report"]

牛潭尾、元朗及錦田主要排水道:環境影響評估及環境計劃(登記冊編號 EIA─089/BC) [下稱 "環評報告"]


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Date
日期


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(Elvis W. K. AU)
Acting Assistant Director of Environmental Protection
(Environmental Assessment and Noise)
for Director of Environmental Protection
環境保護署署長
署理助理環境保護署署長(環境評估及噪音)區偉光代行


PART B ( DESCRIPTIONS OF DESIGNATED PROJECT )
B 部 (指定工程項目的說明)

Hereunder is the description of the designated project mentioned in Part A of this Environmental Permit :-
下列為本環境許可證A部所提述的指定工程項目的說明:

Title of Designated Project
指定工程項目的名稱

Main Drainage Channels for Yuen Long and Kam Tin, Remainder, Phase 1
元朗及錦田主要排水道其餘部分第一期工程

[The project is hereinafter referred to as "the Project".]
[上述工程項目下稱 "工程項目" ]。

Nature of Designated Project
指定工程項目的性質

Waterways and Drainage Works
水道及排水工程

Location of Designated Project
指定工程項目的地點

Kam Tin
錦田

(The location and alignment of the Project are shown in Figure 1.1a and 2.6a of the EIA report mentioned in Part A of this Permit.)
(工程項目的地點及路線,見載於本許可證A部所提述的環評報告圖1.1a及2.6a內。)

Scale and Scope of Designated Project
指定工程項目的規模和範圍

Main Drainage Channels for Yuen Long and Kam Tin, Remainder , Phase 1 :

A drainage channel of width less than 100m. The scope of the Project includes construction of i) a main drainage channel from Tai Kek to Kam Tin Road; ii) an ancillary road system; iii) associated pumping facilities; and iv) landscaping works.

元朗及錦田主要排水道其餘部分第一期工程:

排水道的寬度少於100米。工程項目範圍包括下列建造工程:i)興建連接大W至錦田公路的主要排水道; ii)一個附屬道路系統; iii)相連的泵水設施; 及iv)景觀美化工程。

(The full description of the scale and scope of the Project is given in section 2.6 and table 2.6a of the EIA report mentioned in Part A of this Permit.)

(工程項目規模和範圍的詳細說明,載於本許可證A部所提述的環評報告第2.6條及表2.6a內。)


[ Chinese Version of Part C ]

PART C (PERMIT CONDITIONS)

1. General Conditions

1.1 The Permit Holder shall ensure full compliance with all conditions of this Environmental Permit. Any non-compliance may constitute a contravention of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Cap. 499) and shall be definite ground for enforcement action or permit cancellation where applicable.

1.2 This Permit shall not remove the responsibility of the Permit Holder to comply with any legislation currently in force such as the Noise Control Ordinance (Cap.400), Air Pollution Control Ordinance (Cap.311), Water Pollution Control Ordinance (Cap.358), Dumping at Sea Ordinance (Cap.466), the Waste Disposal Ordinance (Cap.354) and others.

1.3 The Permit Holder shall make copies of this Permit available at all times for inspection by the Director at all sites covered by this Permit.

1.4 The Permit Holder shall give a copy of this Permit to the person(s) in charge of the site(s).

1.5 The Permit Holder shall display a copy of this Permit on the construction site(s) at all vehicular site entrances/exits or at a convenient location for public information at all times. The Permit Holder shall ensure that the most updated information about the Environmental Permit, including any amended permit, is displayed at such locations. If the Permit Holder surrenders a part or the whole of the Permit, the notice he sends to the Director shall also be displayed at the same locations as the original Permit.

1.6 The Permit Holder shall construct and operate the Project in accordance with the project descriptions in Part B of this Permit.

1.7 The Permit Holder shall ensure that the Project are designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report.

1.8 All deposited submissions, as required under this Permit, shall be rectified in accordance with the comments, if any, made by the Director within one month of the receipt of the Director's comments or otherwise specified by the Director.

1.9 All finalised submissions, as required under this Permit, shall be released to the public if requested by the Director, by depositing copies in the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance Register Office or any places or by any other means as specified by the Director for public inspection. For this purpose, the Permit Holder shall provide sufficient copies of submissions.

2. Submissions or Measures before Commencement of Construction

2.1 An Independent Environmental Checker shall be employed prior to the commencement of construction of the Project. The Independent Environmental Checker shall have at least 7 years experience in environmental monitoring and auditing or environmental management. The Independent Environmental Checker shall verify the overall environmental performance of the Project, including all the implementation of environmental mitigation measures, submissions relating to environmental monitoring and auditing, and any other submissions required under this Permit.

2.2 An Environmental Team shall be established prior to the commencement of construction of the Project. The Environmental Team shall be headed by a team leader who has at least 7 years experience in environmental monitoring and auditing or environmental management.

2.3 The Permit Holder shall deposit with the Director 3 sets of 1 to 1000 scale layout drawings showing the works boundaries, drainage channel, ancillary road alignments and any other facilities assessed in the EIA report; the locations of environmental mitigation measures recommended in the EIA report; and an explanatory statement. The layout drawings, the locations of environmental mitigation measures and the explanatory statement so provided shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker, as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report, before the commencement of construction of the relevant sections of the Project. The Project shall be constructed in accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report.

2.4 Three sets of 1 to 1000 scale layout drawings showing the locations of environmental mitigation measures to be adopted during the construction works as recommended in the EIA report, and an explanatory statement shall be deposited with the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works of the Project. The layout drawings and the explanatory statement so provided shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report. The Project shall be constructed in accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report.

2.5 Three sets of 1 to 1000 scale layout drawings showing the areas to be revegetated and planted within the works boundaries, and the programme for their implementation and 3 sets of 1 to 1000 scale layout drawings showing the abandoned stream segments and meanders to be retained, shall be deposited with the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works. Before their submission, the layout drawings so provided shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report.

2.6 Three sets of a method statement for the dredging, stockpiling and transportation of sediment; and the stockpiling and transportation of construction waste and excavated material from within the works boundaries shall be deposited with the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works. The submission to the Director shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report. All mitigation measures arising from the deposited method statement shall be fully implemented.

2.7 Any proposal for cofferdam works during periods of high flow (wet season - May to August) shall be deposited with the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works. Before its submission, the proposal shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report.

2.8 Three sets of 1 to 1000 scale layout drawings for the following shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and shall be deposited with the Director before the commencement of the construction of the following relevant works :

  1. permanent drainage channels showing the incorporation of sediment basins or traps and baffles to enhance deposition; and

  2. perimeter channels at the site boundaries to intercept storm run-off from off-site.

2.9 The Project described in Part B of this Permit shall incorporate noise impact mitigation measures detailed in sections 8.2.5, 8.2.6 and 8.2.7 and tables 8.2e and 8.2w of the EIA report (Annex A, Table 1 and Table 2 of this Permit). Three sets of the noise impact mitigation design specifications shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and shall be deposited with the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works of the Project.

2.10 A report on the assessment of the environmental performance of the "associated pumping facilities" and "landscape works" as set out in Part B of this Permit, during all construction, operation and maintenance, shall be submitted for the approval of the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works.

2.11 Before the commencement of construction of the Project, an Environmental Monitoring and Audit (E M & A) Manual for the Project shall be submitted for the approval of the Director. The E M & A Manual shall be based on the Environmental Schedule contained in the EIA report and shall satisfy the requirements as prescribed in section 10, schedule 4 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance and Annex 21 of the Technical Memorandum on Environmental Impact Assessment Process. The E M & A Manual shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report before submission to the Director.

2.12 The Permit Holder shall deposit an Implementation Schedule for the Project with the Director before the commencement of construction of the relevant works of the Project. The Implementation Schedule shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker as conforming to the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report before submission to the Director.

3. Measures during the Construction Period

3.1 All design or construction measures described in the submissions approved or deposited under section 2 above shall be properly implemented.

3.2 Odorous permitted stockpiled material shall be placed remote from air sensitive receivers. Any odorous permitted stockpiled material shall be covered with plastic tarpaulin sheets if left for in excess of 2 days.

3.3 Fish ponds temporarily occupied by works areas shall be reinstated back to fish ponds.

3.4 Sites on embankment slopes and surplus spoil disposal areas outside the embankments shall be revegetated by either grasscrete or hydroseeding or planting with trees and shrubs or the combination of the above. Native species shall be included in the planting list and native shrub seeds shall be added to the hydroseed mix.

3.5 All the stream segments to be cut-off from the main drainage channel during construction of the Project shall be retained with downstream reconnection to the drainage channel.

3.6 For dredging works, only mechanical dredgers with bucket-type closed-grabs shall be used for the dredging of river bed or ponds. Where tight dredging depth tolerances are required to dredge contaminated materials the bucket-type closed-grab dredger shall incorporate a visor. Closed mechanical grabs for dredging shall be maintained to avoid spillage and shall seal tightly while being lifted.

3.7 For land based excavators to be used in removing wet material from small and narrow channels, which are not accessible to grab dredgers, tightly sealed closed grab excavators shall be used.

3.8 Diversion of the channels and cofferdams shall be used to minimize potential disturbance to water bodies, to limit adverse impact on water quality at downstream and to contain sediments.

3.9 In accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and with reference to Annex B, measures to mitigate environmental impacts from site run-off shall be implemented.

3.10 In accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and with reference to Annex C, measures to mitigate environmental impacts from wastewater due to construction activities shall be implemented.

3.11 All fuel tanks and fuel storage areas shall be provided with locks and sited on bunded sealed areas of a capacity equal to 110% of the storage capacity of the largest tank.

3.12 Portable toilets shall be provided for the on-site construction workforce.

3.13 All trucks/vessels, if utilized for transport of dredged materials (not used as filling materials for the Project) to marine barging points or designated marine disposal grounds, shall be water tight.

3.14 All barges and hoppers, if utilized for marine transportation of dredged materials, shall have tight fitting seals to their bottom openings to prevent leakage of material.

3.15 Loading of barges and hoppers, if utilized for marine transportation of dredged materials, shall be controlled to prevent splashing of dredged materials to the surrounding water.

3.16 Barges and hoppers, if utilized for marine transportation of dredged materials, shall not be filled to a level which will cause overflow of material or polluted water during loading or transportation.

3.17 All waste materials, excluding river and pond sediment, shall be segregated into categories covering: excavated material or construction waste suitable for reuse on-site, reclamation or fill, construction waste for disposal at public dump or landfill, chemical waste, and general refuse.

3.18 General refuse shall be collected daily.

3.19 Waste storage areas shall be regularly maintained and cleaned.

3.20 Waste shall be stored in suitable containers/receptacles.

3.21 In accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and with reference to Annex D, measures to mitigate noise impact during construction shall be implemented.

3.22 In accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and with reference to Annex E, measures to mitigate noise impact during excavation works shall be implemented.

3.23 In accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and with reference to Annex F, measures to mitigate noise impact during river bed construction shall be implemented.

3.24 In accordance with the information and recommendations contained in the EIA report and with reference to Annex G, measures to mitigate noise impact during river bed construction shall be implemented.

4. Environmental Monitoring and Audit during Construction

4.1 Any changes to the Environmental Monitoring and Audit arrangement as required under the E M & A Manual or under the Implementation Schedule submitted shall be justified, and verified by the Independent Environmental Checker in the Environmental Monitoring and Audit Reports and submitted for the approval of the Director.

4.2 The Environmental Monitoring and Audit requirements shall be implemented as set out in the E M & A Manual and the monthly Environmental Monitoring and Audit Reports unless the changes are justified in the monthly Environmental Monitoring and Audit Reports submission, verified by the Independent Environmental Checker and approved by the Director.

4.3 Samples and measurements for air, noise, water quality and ecology monitoring shall be taken in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Schedule of the EIA report:

  1. conducting baseline air, noise, water quality monitoring at the specified locations and frequencies;

  2. conducting, impact air quality, water quality, noise quality and ecology monitoring at the specified locations and frequencies;

  3. in cases where specified criteria in the Environmental Schedule are exceeded, carrying out remedial actions in accordance with the Action Plan, as set out in the Environmental Schedule; and

  4. logging and keeping records of the details of a) to c) above, within 3 working days of the collection of data or completion of remedial action, for the purposes of preparing and submitting the Environmental Monitoring and Audit Reports and Independent Environmental Checker’s Report, and to make available the information for inspection on site.

4.4 Ten copies of the Baseline Monitoring Report verified by the Independent Environmental Checker shall be submitted to the Director before the commencement of any major construction works that would affect the monitoring results.

4.5 Ten copies of monthly Environmental Monitoring and Audit Reports verified by the Independent Environmental Checker shall be submitted to the Director within 10 working days from the end of the reporting month.

4.6 The submitted reports as required in this part of the Permit shall be rectified in accordance with the comments made by the Director within one month of receipt of the Director's comments, or otherwise specified by the Director.

4.7 The actions described in the action plans of the Environmental Schedule shall be properly carried out, in accordance with the time frame set out in the action plans, or as agreed by the Director.

5. Measures during the Operation Period

5.1 All design or operational measures described in the submissions approved or deposited under this Permit shall be properly implemented.

5.2 The Permit Holder shall ensure the measures to mitigate odour impact associated with the operational maintenance dredging of the drainage channels are implemented, and shall include:

  1. any odorous permitted stockpiled material should be placed remote from air sensitive receivers; and

  2. any odorous permitted stockpiled material shall be covered with plastic tarpaulin sheets if left in excess of 2 days.

5.3 The Permit Holder shall submit to the Director for approval within a month of the operation of the Project a proposal to monitor the avifauna use of the constructed channel and implement the approved monitoring proposal.


Notes:

  1. This Environmental Permit consists of three parts, namely, PART A (Main Permit), PART B (Description of Designated Project) and PART C (Permit Conditions).

  2. The Permit Holder may apply under Section 13 of the Ordinance to the Director for a variation of the conditions of this Environmental Permit. The Permit Holder shall replace the original permit displayed on the construction site, by the amended Permit.

  3. A person who assumes the responsibility for the whole or a part of the designated project may, before he assumes responsibility for the designated project, apply under Section 12 of the Ordinance to the Director for a further Environmental Permit.

  4. Under Section 14 of the Ordinance, the Director with the consent of the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, may suspend, vary or cancel this Environmental Permit. The Permit shall be removed from the display on the construction site.

  5. If this Permit is cancelled or surrendered during the construction or operation, an Environmental Permit must be obtained under the Ordinance before the construction or operation of the project could continue. It is an offence under Section 26(1) of the Ordinance to construct or operate a designated project without an Environmental Permit.

Environmental Permit No. EP-012/1998


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