Environmental Permit No. EP-108/2001/A
ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE
A DESIGNATED PROJECT
Pursuant to Section 10 of the Environmental Impact
Assessment Ordinance (EIAO), the Director of Environmental Protection (the
Director) granted the Environmental Permit (No. EP-108/2001) to the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD)
(hereinafter referred to as the "Permit Holder") on
Document in the Register:
Pak Shek Kok
Development - Environmental Impact Assessment (Register No. EIA-001/1998)
Document "Remaining Engineering Infrastructure Works for Pak Shek Kok Development" attached to the application for Environmental Permit submitted by the Permit Holder on 8 October 2001 (Application No. AEP-108/2001) [hereinafter referred to as the "Application"].
Application for Environmental Permit submitted by applicant on 8 October 2001 (Application No.: AEP-108/2001).
Environmental Permit No EP-108/2001 issued on 5 November 2001.
Application for Variation of an Environmental Permit No. VEP-385/2012 submitted on 10 December 2012.
Date of Application
List of Amendments Incorporated into this Environmental Permit
Date of Amendment
10 December 2012
- Vary Description of Designated Project in Part B of Environmental Permit No. EP-108/2001
4 January 2013
4 January 2013
(Maurice K.L. YEUNG)
Principal Environmental Protection Officer
for Director of Environmental Protection
Hereunder is the description of the designated project mentioned in Part A of this environmental permit (hereinafter referred to as “the Permit”):
Title of Designated Project
Remaining Engineering Infrastructure Works for Pak Shek Kok
Development [This designated project is hereinafter referred to as "the
Nature of Designated Project
Construction and operation of a district distributor (Road
D1) linking the Northern Access Road and the Southern Access Road of the Pak
Shek Kok Development Area and the associated works.
Location of Designated Project
Pak Shek Kok, Tai
Scale and Scope of Designated Project
Construction and operation
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 may become the subject of appropriate action being taken under the Ordinance.
1.2 The Permit Holder shall ensure full compliance with all legislation from time to time in force including without limitation 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). This Permit does not of itself constitute any ground of defense against any proceedings instituted under any legislation.
1.3 The Permit Holder shall make copies of this Permit together with all documents referred to in this Permit or the documents referred to in Part A of the Permit readily available at all times for inspection by the Director or his authorized officers at all sites/offices covered by this Permit. Any reference to the Permit shall include all documents referred to in the Permit and also the relevant documents in the Register.
1.4 The Permit Holder shall give a copy of this Permit to the person(s) in charge of the site(s) and ensure that such person(s) fully understands all conditions and all requirements incorporated by the Permit.
1.5 The Permit Holder shall display conspicuously 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 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. The suspended, varied or cancelled Permit shall be removed from display at the construction site.
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 is designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the information and all recommendations described in the EIA Report (Register No. EIA-001/1998); the information contained in Application No. AEP-108/2001, and all referenced documents in the Application No. VEP-385/2012; and the information or mitigation measures described in this Permit, or mitigation measures to be recommended in submissions that shall be deposited with or approved by the Director as a result of permit conditions contained in this Permit, or mitigation measures to be recommended under on going surveillance and monitoring activities during all stages of the Project. Where recommendations referred to in the documents of the Register are not expressly referred to in this Permit, such recommendations are nevertheless to be implemented unless expressly excluded or impliedly amended in this Permit.
1.8 All deposited submissions, as required under this Permit, shall be rectified and resubmitted in accordance with the comments, if any, made by the Director within one month of the receipt of the Director's comments or otherwise as specified by the Director.
1.9 All submissions approved by the Director, all submissions deposited without comments by the Director, or all submissions rectified in accordance with comments by the Director under this Permit shall be construed as part of the permit conditions described in Part C of this Permit. Any variation of the submissions shall be approved by the Director in writing or as prescribed in the relevant permit conditions. Any non-compliance with the submissions may constitute a contravention of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance. All submissions or any variation of the submissions shall be verified by the Independent Environmental Checker (IEC) referred to in Condition 2.1 below, before submitting to the Director under this Permit.
1.10 The Permit Holder shall release all finalized submissions, as required under this Permit, to the public by depositing copies in the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance Register Office, or in any other places, or any internet websites as specified by the Director, or by any other means as specified by the Director for public inspection. For this purpose, the Permit Holder shall provide sufficient copies of the submissions.
1.11 The Permit Holder shall notify the Director in writing the commencement date of construction of the Project no later than 2 weeks prior to the date of commencement of construction of the Project. The Permit Holder shall notify the Director in writing immediately if there is any change of the commencement date of the construction.
1.12 All submissions to the Director required under this Permit shall be delivered either in person or by registered mail to the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance Register Office (currently at 27/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong). The Permit Holder shall make copies of this permit available at all times for inspection by the Director at all the sites covered by this permit.
2. Submissions for the Construction of the Project
2.1 An Independent Environmental Checker (IEC) shall be employed no later than 2 months before the commencement of construction of the Project. The IEC shall have at least 7 years' experience in environmental monitoring and auditing (EM&A) or environmental management. The IEC shall audit the overall EM&A programme including the implementation of all environmental mitigation measures, submission relating to EM&A, and any other submissions required under this Permit. In addition, the IEC shall be responsible for verifying the environmental acceptability of permanent and temporary works, relevant design plans and submissions under this Permit.
2.2 An Environmental Team (ET) shall be established no later than 2 months before the commencement of construction of the Project. The ET shall be headed by the ET Leader who shall have at least 7 years' experience in EM&A or environmental management. The ET and the ET Leader shall be responsible for the implementation of the EM&A programme in accordance with the EM&A requirements as contained in the EM&A Manual.
2.3 The Permit Holder shall, within 4 weeks after the commencement of construction of the Project, inform the Director in writing of the management organization of the main construction companies and/or any form of joint ventures associated with the construction of the Project. The submitted information shall include at least an organization chart, names of responsible persons and their contact details.
Permit Holder shall, at least 4 weeks before the commencement of construction
of the Project, deposit with the Director 3 sets of landscape plan and tree
planting proposal of the Project of scale 1 to 1000 or other scale as agreed by
the Director. The submission shall also include an implementation programme for
the landscape areas, with clear identification of the responsibility for
implementation, management and maintenance of the landscape areas. The
submission shall be verified by the IEC as conforming to the information and
recommendations contained in Section 8.9 and Figure
3. Measures for Construction and Operation of the Project
3.1 To mitigate the traffic noise impact arising from the Project, the sections of the noise barrier shall be constructed before the occupation of the School Site at Pak Shek Kok Development as indicated in Figure 2 attached to this Permit. The noise barriers shall be continuous structures with no gap or opening except where access road is required.
3.2 To mitigate environmental impacts due to site runoff and other potential water pollution caused by construction activities, mitigation measures described in Annex A shall be fully implemented throughout the construction period.
4. Environmental Monitoring and Audit requirements during Construction of the Project
4.1 An EM&A programme shall be implemented as set out in the EM&A Manual of the EIA Report (Register No. EIA-001/1998). Any changes to the programme shall be justified by the IEC as conforming to the requirements set out in the EM&A Manual and information contained in the EIA Report and the Application (AEP-108/2001) before submission to the Director for approval.
4.2 Samples and measurements shall be taken in accordance with the requirements of the EM&A Manual by conducting impact monitoring as set out in the EM&A Manual.
4.3 The remedial actions described in the Event/Action Plans of the EM&A Manual shall be fully and properly carried out, in accordance with the time frames(s) set out in the Event/Action Plans, or as agreed by the Director.
4.4 Records of measurements and remedial actions taken under Conditions 4.2 and 4.3 respectively of this Permit shall be logged and kept, within 3 working days of the collection of data or completion of remedial action, for the purpose of preparing and submitting the EM&A Reports and making the information available for inspection on site.
4.5 The Permit Holder shall make reference to the information contained in the Baseline Monitoring Report submitted under the "Advance Engineering Infrastructure Works for Pak Shek Kok Development - Southern Access Road and Sewage Pumping Station No. 3" for the purpose of preparing the Baseline Monitoring Report of the Project. Two hard copies and one soft copy of the Baseline Monitoring Report shall be submitted to the Director no later than 2 weeks before the construction of the Project. The submission shall be verified by the IEC. Additional copies of the submission shall be provided to the Director upon request by the Director.
4.6 One hard copy and one soft copy of monthly EM&A Report shall be submitted to the Director within 2 weeks after the end of the reporting month. The EM&A Reports shall include a summary of all noncompliance (exceedances) of the environmental quality performance limits (Action and Limit levels). The submissions shall be verified by the IEC. Additional copies of the submission shall be provided to the Director upon request by the Director.
4.7 All environmental monitoring and audit data submitted under this Permit shall be true, valid and correct.
5. Environmental Monitoring and Audit Requirements during Operation of the Project
5.1 The Permit Holder shall, at least 6 months before the operation of the Project, deposit with the Director a monitoring plan for the purpose of assessing the accuracy of traffic noise predictions, by comparing the project noise impact predictions with the actual impacts. The monitoring plan shall contain monitoring locations, monitoring schedules, methodology of noise monitoring including noise measurement procedures, traffic counts and speed checks, and methodology of comparison with the predicted levels. At least one monitoring location at the noise sensitive receivers protected by noise mitigation measures shall be proposed. At least three sets of measurements shall be conducted and the monitoring shall be done within the first year of operation of the project. Monitoring shall be conducted in accordance with the deposited monitoring plan unless with prior justification. Monitoring details and results, including the comparison between the measured noise levels and the predicted levels, shall be recorded in a report. The report shall be certified by the Permit Holder before it is deposited with the Director, within one month after the completion of the monitoring.
5.2 The Permit Holder shall deposit with the Director 3 copies of audit report, certified by the ET Leader and verified by the IEC, demonstrating the satisfactory completion of the measures recommended in the submission deposited under Condition 2.4 of this Permit. The audit report shall be deposited within 3 weeks after completion of the mitigation measures.
5.3 The Permit Holder shall deposit with the Director 3 copies of audit report, certified by the ET Leader and verified by the IEC, demonstrating the satisfactory completion of the measures described in Condition 3.1 of this Permit. The audit report shall be deposited within 3 weeks after completion of the mitigation measures.
6. Electronic Reporting of EM&A Information
6.1 To facilitate public inspection of the Baseline Monitoring Report and monthly EM&A Reports via the EIAO Internet Website and at the EIAO Register Office, electronic copies of these Reports shall be prepared in Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) (version 4.0 or later) and in Portable Document Format (PDF version 4.0 or later), unless otherwise agreed by the Director and shall be submitted at the same time as the hard copies as described in Conditions 4 and 5 of this Permit. For the HTML version, a content page capable of providing hyperlink to each section and sub-section of these Reports shall be included in the beginning of the document. Hyperlinks to all figures, drawings and tables in these Reports shall be provided in the main text from where the respective references are made. All graphics in these Reports shall be in interlaced GIF format unless otherwise agreed by the Director. The content of the electronic copies of these Reports must be the same as the hard copies.
1. This Permit consists of three parts, namely, Part A (Main Permit), Part B (Description of Designated Project) and Part C (Permit Conditions). Any person relying on this permit should obtain independent legal advice on the legal implications under the EIAO, and the following notes are for general information only.
2. If there is a breach of any condition of this Permit, the Director or his authorized officer may, with the consent of the Secretary for the Environment, order the cessation of associated work until the remedial action is taken in respect of the resultant environmental damage, and in that case the Permit Holder shall not carry out any associated works without the permission of the Director or his authorized officer.
3. The Permit Holder may apply under Section 13 of the EIAO to the Director for a variation of the conditions of this Permit. The Permit Holder shall replace the original permit displayed on the Project site by the amended permit.
4. A person who assumes the responsibility for the whole or a part of the Project may, before he assumes responsibility of the Project, apply under Section 12 of the EIAO to the Director for a further environmental permit.
5. Under Section 14 of the EIAO, the Director may with the consent of the Secretary for the Environment, suspend, vary or cancel this Permit. The suspended, varied or cancelled Permit shall be removed from display at the Project site.
6. If this Permit is cancelled or surrendered during construction or operation of the Project, another environmental permit must be obtained under the EIAO before the Project could be continued. It is an offence under Section 26(1) of the EIAO to construct or operate a designated project listed in Part I of Schedule 2 of the EIAO without a valid environmental permit.
7. Any person who constructs or operates the Project contrary to the conditions in the Permit, and is convicted of an offence under the EIAO, is liable:
(i) on a first conviction on indictment to a fine of $2 million and to imprisonment for 6 months;
(ii) on a second or subsequent conviction on indictment to a fine of $5 million and to imprisonment for 2 years;
(iii) on a first summary conviction to a fine at level 6 and to imprisonment for 6 months;
(iv) on a second or subsequent summary conviction to a fine of $1 million and to imprisonment for 1 year; and
(v) in any case where the offence is of a continuing nature, the court or magistrate may impose a fine of $10,000 for each day on which he is satisfied the offence continued.
8. The Permit Holder may appeal against any condition of this Permit under Section 17 of the EIAO within 30 days of receipt of this Permit.
9. The Notes are for general reference only and that the Permit Holder should refer to the EIAO for details and seek independent legal advice.
Environmental Permit No. EP-108/2001/A
Annex A (as referred to in Condition 3.2)
Measures to Mitigate Environmental Impacts due to Site Run-off and Other Potential Water Pollution During Construction
(a) Surface Runoff
(i) Surface run-off from the construction site shall be directed into adequately designed sand/silt removal facilities such as sand traps, silt traps and sediment basins before discharge into storm drains. Channels, earth bunds or sand bag barriers shall be provided on site to properly direct stormwater to such silt removal facilities.
(ii) Catchpits and perimeter channels shall be constructed in advance of site formation works and earthworks.
(iii) Silt removal facilities, channels and manholes shall be suitably maintained with the deposited silt and grit being removed at least once a week, and at the onset of and after each rainstorm to ensure that these facilities are functioning properly at all times.
(iv) Earthworks final surfaces shall be well compacted and the subsequent permanent work or surface protection shall be carried out immediately after the final surfaces are formed to prevent erosion caused by rainstorms. Appropriate intercepting channels shall be provided along the site boundary or at the locations agreed with the ET Leader. Rainwater pumped out from trenches or foundation excavations shall be discharged into silt removal facilities before discharge into storm drains.
(v) All generators, fuel and oil storage shall be within bunded areas. Drainage from the areas shall be connected to storm drains via a petrol interceptor.
(vi) Sand and silt in the wash water from the wheel washing facilities, which ensure no earth, mud and debris are deposited on roads, shall be settled out and removed before discharging into storm drains. A section of the road between the wheel washing bay and the public road shall be paved with backfill to prevent wash water or other site runoff from entering public road drains.
(vii) Oil interceptors shall be provided in the drainage system and regularly emptied to prevent the release of oils and grease into the storm water drainage system after accidental spillage. The interceptor shall have a bypass to prevent flushing during periods of heavy rain.
(b) General Construction Activities
At all parts of all works areas and construction sites, and throughout the full duration of the construction contract(s), debris and rubbish on site shall be handled and disposed of to avoid entering the water column and causing water quality impacts. Temporary on-site storage of excavated materials from construction works shall be covered with tarpaulin or similar fabric during rainstorms. Any washout of construction or excavated materials should be diverted to the drainage system via sediment traps. Stockpiling of the excavated material shall be minimized by scheduling the construction programme in a way that one section of the alignment can be constructed and completed before the excavation works of the next section commence.
Environmental Permit No. EP-108/2001/A