Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance, Cap.499

Application for Permission to Apply Directly for Environmental Permit

(Application No.: DIR-146/2007)


Project Title : Dredging at Seabed of Peng Chau, Tung Wan


Conditions Imposed under Section 5(12) of the EIA Ordinance

for Permission to Apply Directly for Environmental Permit


1.      All measures described in the Project Profile submitted by the Applicant on 11 January 2007 shall be fully implemented.


2.      Silt curtain should be employed and maintained at all time throughout the dredging operation to minimize the water quality impact. The silt curtain should be fabricated from permeable, durable, abrasion resistant membrane like geotextiles and be mounted on a floating boom structure surrounding the grab and should extend to the sea bottom.


3.      No more than one derrick lighter and one backhoe shall be employed for the dredging operation.


4.      Closed grab shall be used for dredging and the dredging rate shall not exceed 100 cubic metre per day at all time throughout the dredging operation.


5.      No construction works of the project shall be carried out between 1900 to 0700 hours and any time on a general holiday including Sunday.


6.      Splashing of dredged material into the surrounding waters is prohibited during loading of barges and grabs. No overflowing of dredged material causing water pollution is allowed during loading or transportation.


7.      The project shall only be implemented from March to May so as to avoid the bathing season.


8.      To monitor the environmental impact and the recommended mitigation measures, environmental monitoring and audit (EM&A) programme shall be implemented by:

(i)         conducting baseline monitoring on water quality;

(ii)      conducting impact monitoring on water quality; and

(iii)     conducting post project monitoring on water quality.

The applicant shall deposit an EM&A Manual to the Director prior to the application for an environmental permit.


9.      The applicant shall conduct a coral survey to identify whether there is any coral community in an area within 30m from the boundary of the dredging area. If any coral community is found, a more detailed survey shall be conducted by a qualified specialist to record the species, size and location of the coral community, and justify whether the proposed works would cause adverse impact on the coral found. The qualified specialist shall be a marine ecologist with at least 3 years working experience in marine ecology field and possess knowledge and experience in coral identification. The applicant shall deposit a coral survey report to the Director prior to the application for an environmental permit.



Under Section 17 of the EIA Ordinance, the Applicant may appeal to the Appeal Board against the above conditions within 30 days of the receipt of this notice of the Director’s decision.


Environmental Protection Department

February 2007