Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance, Cap. 499
Application for Permission to Apply Directly for Environmental Permit
Application No. : DIR 045/2000
Project Title : New T&T (Hong Kong) Limited - Domestic Cable Route

Conditions Imposed under Section 5(12) of the Ordinance for Permission to Apply Directly for Environmental Permit

1. The Applicant shall deposit, prior to the application for Environmental Permit, the dive survey video tape completed by the Applicant on coral communities in the vicinity of the landing point near Chung Hom Kok, together with the necessary supplementary information such as a location plan and detailed statements to substantiate that the above coral communities are not of high conservation value.

2. The Applicant shall explore prior to the application for Environmental Permit, further alternative routings for the cables to either completely avoid the coral habitats described in paragraph 1 above or to deposit a relocation and/or transplant proposal as far as practicable on those affected coral habitats.

3. The Applicant shall not carry out any nighttime cable laying work during the period from 1 June to 31 October within a 3-km radius from the southern end of Lamma Island, to avoid adversely affecting the breeding behavior of Green Turtle in that area.

4. The Applicant shall not carry out cable laying work for the initial 500m of Route 1 (which starts from the manhole at Cheung Sha Upper Beach), during the bathing season from 1 March to 30 November inclusive.

5. The Applicant shall carry out cable laying works at sufficient distance away from the shark prevention nets to ensure their proper function.

6. The Applicant shall inform the Director of Environmental Protection immediately if any antiquities or shipwreck be found during cable laying.

7. All measures described in the Project Profile submitted by the Applicant on 5 December 2000, together with the requirements mentioned in the above conditions, shall be fully implemented.

Under section 17 of the EIA Ordinance, the applicant may appeal to the Appeal Board against any of the above conditions within 30 days of the receipt of this notice of the Director's decision.

Environmental Protection Department
January 2001