Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Cap. 499), Section 5(7)
Environmental Impact Assessment Study Brief No. ESB - 057/2000
Project Title: 132 kV Supply Circuit from Pui O via Chi Ma Wan Peninsula via Sea Crossing towards Cheung Chau
Name of Applicant: CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
(Hereinafter known as the "Applicant ")
1.1 An application (No. ESB-057/2000) for an EIA study brief under section 5(1) of the captioned Ordinance was submitted by the Applicant on 24 July 2000 with a project profile (No. PP-096/2000) .
1.2 The Applicant proposes to establish 3 x 132 kV supply circuit from the existing Pui O Substation on south Lantau Island, via Chi Ma Wan Peninsula via Adamasta Channel towards Cheung Chau North and Cheung Chau South Substations (see attached Figure 1 for the route location). The circuit alignment includes the following five sections:
(i) Section 1: Pui O Substation to Pui O Beach using underground cable (3 x 132 kV circuits of approximate length 2350m);
(i) Section 2: Pui O Beach to Tai Long Wan east using cable tunnel (3 x 132 kV circuits of approximate length 3000m), including a reclamation area of 180m2 by the side of Pui O Wan for the works area of the proposed tunnel portal;
(i) Section 3: Tai Long east to Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road using submarine cable (9 nos. submarine cable for 3 x 132 kV circuits, each cable of approximate length 2300m);
(i) Section 4: Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road to Cheung Chau South Station using underground cable (2 x 132 kV circuits of approximate length 100m); and
(i) Section 5: Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road to Cheung Chau North Substation using underground cable (1 x 132 kV circuit of approximate length 1250m).
1.3 Pursuant to section 5(7)(a) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, the Director of Environmental Protection issues this Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study brief to the Applicant to carry out an EIA study .
1.4 The purpose of this EIA study is to provide information on the nature and extent of environmental impacts arising from the construction and operation of the proposed designated projects and related activities taking place concurrently. This information will contribute to decisions by the Director on:(i) the overall acceptability of any adverse environmental consequences that are likely to arise as a result of the proposed project;
(ii) the conditions and requirements for the detailed design, construction and operation of the proposed project to mitigate against adverse environmental consequences wherever practicable; and
(iii) the acceptability of residual impacts after the proposed mitigation measures are implemented.
2. OBJECTIVES OF THE EIA STUDY
2.1 The objectives of the EIA study are as follows:
(i) to describe the proposed project and associated works together with the requirements for carrying out the proposed project;
(ii) to identify and describe the elements of the community and environment likely to be affected by the proposed project and/or likely to cause adverse impacts to the proposed project, including both the natural and man-made environment;
(iii) to identify and quantify emission sources and determine the significance of impacts on sensitive receivers and potential affected uses;
(iv) to identify and quantify any potential losses or damage to flora, fauna and natural habitats;
(v) to identify any negative impacts on sites of cultural heritage and to propose measures to mitigate these impacts;
(vi) to identify and assess any potential landscape and visual impacts and to propose measures to mitigate these impacts;
(vii) to propose the provision of infrastructure or mitigation measures so as to minimize pollution, environmental disturbance and nuisance during construction and operation of the project;
(viii) to identify, predict and evaluate the residual (i.e. after practicable mitigation) environmental impacts and the cumulative effects expected to arise during the construction and operation phases of the project in relation to the sensitive receivers and potential affected uses;
(ix) to identify, assesses and specify methods, measures and standards, to be included in the detailed design, construction and operation of the project which are necessary to mitigate these environmental impacts and reducing them to acceptable levels;
(x) to investigate the extent of side-effects of proposed mitigation measures that may lead to other forms of impacts;
(xi) to identify constraints associated with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIA study;
(xii) to design and specify the environmental monitoring and audit requirements, if required, to ensure the implementation and the effectiveness of the environmental protection and pollution control measures adopted.
3. DETAILED REQUIREMENTS OF THE EIA STUDY
3.1 The purpose of this study brief is to scope the key issues of the EIA study. The Applicant has to demonstrate in the EIA report that the criteria in the relevant sections of the Technical Memorandum on the Environmental Impact Assessment Process of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (thereafter referred to as the TM), are fully complied with.
3.2 The scope of the EIA study shall cover the proposed project mentioned in Section 1.2 above, with the location plan shown in Figure 1. The EIA study shall address, but not limiting, to the following likely key issues:
- potential impacts on water quality, marine ecology and fisheries arising from laying marine cables across the natural shore and under the seabed;
- management of construction solid waste from the construction phase;
- potential health hazard to humans due to exposure to electro-magnetic (EM) fields generated by the circuit; and
- potential impact on archaeological site/resources during construction.
Consideration of Alternatives
3.3 The EIA Report shall include detailed comparison and evaluation on different alignment options, transmission methods and construction methods (e.g. overhead pole lines, underground cable, cable tunnel, dredging for submarine cable and horizontal directional drilling for submarine cable) for identification of the preferred alignment, transmission methods and construction methods to be adopted. Comparison of the main environmental impacts of different alignment options, transmission methods and construction methods considered and recommendations on the final selection among all possible alternatives shall be clearly presented. The comparison shall demonstrate that adverse environmental effects are avoided to the maximum practicable extent, with particular attention to avoid disturbance to structures of cultural heritage interest including Tin Hau Temple in Pui O and the old village houses at Pui O Kau Tsuen, Pui O San Tsuen and Ham Tin Tsuen.
Use of the Relevant Findings of Previously Approved EIA Report
3.4 The Applicant shall review all on-going and previously approved studies/EIA studies relevant to the proposed development and extract relevant information for the purpose of this EIA study. The previously approved EIA studies relevant to the proposed development include, but not limited to:
- Lantau Port and Western Harbour Development (LAPH) Studies, CED (March 1993)
- Northshore Lantau Development Feasibility Study - Environmental Impact Assessment, CED (April 2000)
- Construction of an International Theme Park in Penny's Bay of North Lantau together with its Essential Associated Infrastructure - Environmental Impact assessment, CED (April 2000)
3.5 The Applicant shall conduct the EIA study to address all environmental aspects of the activities as described in the scope as set out above. The EIA report shall include assessments of associated environmental impacts (e.g. noise and other nuisances) where applicable. Technical requirements for the EIA study are listed in the following Sections 3.6 to 3.13.
3.6 Water Pollution
3.6.1 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines for evaluating and assessing water pollution as stated in Annexes 6 and 14 of the TM, respectively.
3.6.2 The assessment area for the purpose of this water quality impact assessment shall cover an area within a radius of 6km from the project sites as shown in Figure 2, plus any stream courses and the associated water system in the vicinity that may be affected by the project.
3.6.3 The Applicant shall identify and analyse in the assessment all physical, chemical and biological disruptions of marine, estuarine, fresh water or ground water system(s) arising from construction and operation of the project.
3.6.4 The Applicant shall include the following in the water quality impact assessment:
(i) collection and review of background information on the existing water system(s) and the respective catchment(s);
(ii) characterization of water and sediment quality based on existing information or site surveys/tests as appropriate;
(iii) identification and analysis of all existing and future activities and beneficial uses related to the water system(s) and identification of all water sensitive receivers;
(iv) identification of pertinent water and sediment quality objectives, criteria and standards for the water system(s) and all the sensitive receivers;
(v) identification and quantification of all activities which may lead to alteration of any water system(s) identified in (i), change of shoreline or bathometry, change of flow regimes, change of ground water levels, increase sediment loading to downstream water course, change of catchment types or areas;
(vi) identification, analysis and quantification of all existing and future water and sediment pollution sources, including point discharges and non-point sources to surface water runoff (e.g. used lubricating oil), and analysis of the provision and adequacy of future facilities to reduce such pollution. An emission inventory on the quantities and characteristics of all these existing and future pollution sources in the assessment area shall also be provided. Field investigation and laboratory tests, as appropriate, shall be conducted to fill in any relevant information gaps;
(vii) prediction and quantification, by mathematical modelling or other technique subject to approval of the Director, of impacts on the water system(s) and the sensitive receivers, in particular Adamasta Channel, Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter, Hei Ling Chau Typhoon Shelter, Silver Mine Bay, Cheung Sha Lower Beach, Pui O Beach, and other gazetted and non-gazetted beaches within the Study Area, due to those alternations and changes identified in (v) and (vi) above. Possible impacts include changes in hydrology, flow regime, sediment erosion or deposition, water and sediment quality and the effects on the aquatic organism due to such changes. The prediction shall include possible different construction stages or sequences, and different operation stages;
(viii) cumulative impacts due to other projects, activities or pollution sources within a boundary around the assessment area, subject to the agreement of the Director shall also be predicted and quantified;
Waste Water and Non-point Source Pollution
(ix) assessment and quantification of waste water generated from on-site construction workforce and any effluent generated that would require appropriate treatment and disposal;
(x) assessment and quantification of all existing and future waste water generation activities and analysis on the adequacy of existing and future sewerage infrastructure;
Dredging, Filling and Dumping
(xi) identification and quantification of all dredging, fill extraction, filling, reclamation, sediment/ mud transportation and disposal activities and requirements. Potential fill source and dumping ground to be involved shall also be identified. Consideration shall be given to the use of public fill for reclamation. Field investigation, sampling and laboratory tests to characterize the sediment/ mud concerned shall be conducted as appropriate. The ranges of parameters to be analysed; the number, type and methods of sampling/ sampling preservation/ laboratory tests; and the laboratory to be used shall be approved by the Director. Particular attention shall be given to the requirement of WBTC No. 3/2000 on "Management of Dredged/Excavated Sediment" and WBTC No. 12/2000 on "Fill Management ";
(xii) prediction, quantification and assessment of impacts on the physical regime, water and sediment quality of the water system(s) and the sensitive receivers due to the activities identified in above. The prediction and quantification of impacts caused by, amongst others, sediment re-suspension and contaminants release shall be carried out with mathematical modelling or other techniques subject to the approval of the Director;
(xiii) identification and evaluation of the best practicable dredging and reclamation methods to minimize dredging and dumping requirements and demand for fill sources based on the criterion that existing marine mud shall be left in place and not be disturbed as far as possible;
(xiv) cumulative impacts due to other dredging, filling or dumping activities within the same boundary specified in Figure 2 shall also be predicted and quantified;
(xv) proposal for upgrading or providing any effective infrastructure, water pollution prevention and mitigation measures (e.g. use of silt curtain and construction of seawall prior to dredging operation) to be implemented during the construction, operation stages so as to reduce the water and sediment quality impacts to within standards. Requirements to be incorporated in the project contract document shall also be proposed;
(xvi) Best management practices to reduce storm water and non-point source pollution shall be investigated and proposed as appropriate; and
(xvii) evaluation and quantification of residual impacts on the water system(s) and the sensitive receivers with regard to the appropriate water and sediment quality objectives, criteria, standards or guidelines.
3.7 Waste Management
3.7.1 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines for evaluating and assessing waste management implications as stated in Annexes 7 and 15 of the TM, respectively.
3.7.2 The assessment of waste management implications shall cover the following :
(i) Analysis of Activities and Waste Generation
The Applicant shall identify the quantity, quality and timing of the construction waste arisen from the project works including dredged marine mud during submarine cable laying, spoil generated from trenching and filling activities from laying the underground cable, and spoil and slurry generated from drilling the cable tunnel, based on the sequence and duration of these activities.
(ii) Proposal for Waste Management
(a) Prior to considering the disposal options for various types of wastes, opportunities for reducing waste generation and on- site or off-site re-use shall be fully evaluated. Measures which can be taken in the planning and design stages e.g. by modifying the design approach and in the construction stage for maximising waste reduction shall be separately considered.
(b) Having been taken into account all the opportunities for reducing waste generation, the types and quantities of the wastes required to be disposed of as a consequence shall be estimated and the disposal options for each type of waste described in detail. Pre-treatment process of the slurry generated from drilling the cable tunnel shall be addressed in details. The disposal method recommended for each type of wastes shall take into account the result of the assessment set out below.
(c) The impact caused by handling (including labelling, packaging & storage), collection, and disposal of wastes shall be addressed in detail and appropriate mitigation measures proposed. This assessment shall cover the following areas :(i) potential hazard;
(ii) air and odour emissions;
(iv) wastewater discharge; and
(v) public transport.
3.8 Ecological Impact (Terrestrial and Aquatic)
3.8.1 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines for evaluating and assessing ecological impact as stated in Annexes 8 and 16 of the TM, respectively.
3.8.2 The assessment area for the purpose of this ecological impact assessment shall include all areas within 500 m distance from the project area, and area likely to be impacted by the project.
3.8.3 In the ecological impact assessment, the Applicant shall examine the flora, fauna and other components of the ecological habitats within the assessment area. The aim shall be to protect, maintain or rehabilitate the natural environment. In particular, the proposed project shall avoid impacts on recognised sites of conservation importance and other ecological sensitive areas including existing or gazetted proposed country parks or special areas, conservation areas, existing or gazetted proposed marine parks or marine reserves and sites of special scientific interest. The assessment shall identify and quantify as far as possible the potential ecological impacts and should evaluate the environmental acceptability of the proposed project.
3.8.4 The assessment shall include the following :(i) review the findings of relevant studies and collate all the available information regarding the ecological characters of the assessment area;
(ii) evaluate the information collected and identify any information gap relating to the assessment of potential ecological impacts to the terrestrial and aquatic environment;
(iii) carry out necessary field surveys which shall cover wet season (the duration of which shall be at least 3 months) and investigations to verify the information collected, fill the information gaps identified and fulfill the objectives of the EIA study;
(iv) establish the general ecological profile and describe the characteristics of each habitat found; major information to be provided shall include :(a) description of the physical environment;
(b) habitat maps of suitable scale (1:1000 to 1:5000) showing the types and locations of habitats in the assessment area;
(c) ecological characteristics of each habitat type such as size, vegetation/substrate, species present, dominant species found, species diversity and abundance, community structure, seasonal patterns, inter-dependence of the habitats and species, and presence of any features of ecological importance;
(d) representative colour photos of each habitat type and any important ecological features identified;
(e) species found that are rare, endangered and/or listed under local legislation, international conventions for conservation of wildlife/habitats or red data books;
(v) investigate and describe the existing wildlife uses of various habitats with special attention to:(a) woodlands;
(c) natural stream courses;
(d) natural coastline including rocky and sandy shores and any corals off the coast;
(e) coastal waters including marine mammals in particular Chinese White Dolphin Sousa chinensis and Finless Porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides;
(f) and any other habitats and wildlife groups identified as having special conservation interests by the study.
(vi) describe all recognized sites of conservation importance in the proposed development site and its vicinity and assess whether these sites will be affected by the proposed development or not;
(vii) using suitable methodology, identify and quantify as far as possible any direct, indirect, on-site, off-site, primary, secondary and cumulative ecological impacts such as destruction of habitats, reduction of species abundance/diversity, loss of feeding or breeding grounds, reduction of ecological carrying capacity, habitat fragmentation; and in particular the habitat loss and disturbance to wildlife during construction stage with special attention to(a) impacts on any corals on or near the alignment; and
(b) disturbance to marine mammals;
(viii) evaluate the significance and acceptability of the ecological impacts identified using well-defined criteria;
(ix) recommend all possible alternatives (such as modifications of layout and design or construction methodology) and practicable mitigation measures to avoid, minimize and/or compensate for the adverse ecological impacts identified, such as reinstatement of habitats temporarily affected by the proposed development to its original state and if possible with some enhancement features;
(x) evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the recommended mitigation measures and define the scope, type, location, implementation arrangement, subsequent management and maintenance of such measures;
(xi) determine and quantify as far as possible the residual ecological impacts after implementation of the proposed mitigation measures;
(xii) evaluate the severity and acceptability of the residual ecological impacts using well-defined criteria. If off-site mitigation measures are considered necessary to mitigate the residual impacts, the guidelines and requirements laid down in Annex 16 of the TM should be followed; and
(xiii) review the need for and recommend any ecological monitoring programme required.
3.9 Fisheries Impact
3.9.1 Fisheries Impact Assessment shall follow the criteria and guidelines as specified in Annexes 9 and 17 of the TM respectively. The "Assessment Area" for the purpose of the fisheries impact assessment shall include the scope of EIA study as defined in section 3.2 above, and its adjacent area of potential impact. The assessment shall review and collate existing information to provide adequate and accurate data for prediction and evaluation of impacts of the proposed developments on fisheries. The assessment shall include the following:(i) description of the physical environmental background;
(ii) description and quantification as far as possible of the existing capture and culture fisheries activities;
(iii) description and quantification as far as possible of the existing fisheries resources;
(iv) identification of parameters and area that will be affected;
(v) identification and quantification as far as possible of any direct/indirect and on-site/off-site impacts to fisheries, including loss of habitats, nursery and spawning grounds and those impacts on capture and culture fisheries due to dredging activities for the submarine cable;
(vi) evaluation of impacts on fisheries during construction and operation stages in Adamasta Channel, Cheung Sha Wan fish culture zone and other affected areas and the loss of habitat. The Applicant shall make proposals for any practicable alternatives or mitigation measures to prevent/minimize adverse impacts on fisheries;
(vii) identify practical mitigation measures to avoid/minimize the potential impacts on capture and culture fisheries;
(viii) determine the need and, if necessary, make appropriate recommendation for a fishery monitoring and audit programme.
3.10 Hazard to Health
3.10.1 The Applicant shall confirm that the electro-magnetic (EM) field generated by the circuit will be in compliance with the EM field standards stipulated in Chapter 7 of the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines and the guidelines issued by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection in 1998.
3.11 Impact on Cultural Heritage
3.11.1 The Applicant shall employ a qualified archaeological specialist to carry out investigation to check for any archaeological remains in the following areas:(i) along the proposed alignment of the cable trench section located within the Pui O archaeological site (see Figure 3); and
(ii) the proposed reclamation site at Pui O Wan for works area for the portal of cable tunnel.
3.11.2 The Applicant shall propose and obtain agreement from the Director on the methodology adopted for the above investigation in Section 3.11.1 before carrying out the respective investigation.
3.11.3 The Applicant shall report to the Director as soon as possible upon discovery of any archaeological resources and shall propose methodology for further assessment regarding archaeological impact. Such methodology shall be agreed with the Director.
3.11.4 Marine Archaeological Investigation (MAI) on the area of the seabed of the Adamasta Channel (see Figure 4) should be carried out to assess the marine archaeological value of the area. Guidelines for the MAI is attached in Appendix A.
3.11.5 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines for evaluating and assessing impact on cultural heritage as stated in Annexes 10 and 19 of the TM, respectively.
3.11.6 The Applicant shall demonstrate that disturbance to structures of cultural heritage interest including Tin Hau Temple in Pui O and the old village houses at Pui O Kau Tsuen, Pui O San Tsuen and Ham Tin Tsuen are avoided.
3.12 Landscape and Visual Impact
3.12.1 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines as stated in Annexes 10 and 18 of the TM, respectively for evaluating and assessing landscape and visual impacts. Both construction and operation impacts shall be assessed.
3.12.2 The assessment area for the landscape impact assessment shall include, all areas within a 300m distance from the proposed project while the assessment area for the visual impact assessment shall be defined by the visual envelop of the project.
3.12.3 The Applicant shall review relevant outline development plan(s), outline zoning plan(s), layout plan(s) or planning briefs and studies including South Lantau Coast OZP S/SLC/8, Cheung Chau South Layout Plan L/I-CCS/2C, Cheung Chau Central Layout Plan L/I-CCC/2, Cheung Chau North L/I- CCN/1B, which contain guidelines on development within Coastal Protection Area, Green Belt and Country Park that may affect the appreciation of the project. The Applicant shall also review the South West New Territories Development Strategy Review. The aim is to gain an insight to the future outlook of the area affected so as to assess whether the project can fit into the surrounding. Any conflict with the statutory town plans should be highlighted and appropriate follow-up action should be recommended.
3.12.4 The Applicant shall describe, appraise and analyse the existing landscape resources and character of the assessment area. A system should be derived for judging landscape and visual impact significance as required under the TM. The sensitivity of the landscape framework and its ability to accommodate change shall be particularly focused on. The Applicant shall identify the degree of compatibility of the proposed project with the existing landscape. The landscape impact assessment shall quantify the potential landscape impact as far as possible so as to illustrate the significance of such impacts arising from the proposed development. Clear mapping of the landscape impact is required. A tree survey shall be carried out and the impacts on existing mature trees shall be addressed.
3.12.5 The Applicant shall assess the visual impact of the proposed project. The assessment shall include the following :(i) identification and plotting of visual envelope of the proposed project within the assessment area;
(ii) identification of the key groups of sensitive receivers within the visual envelope with regard to views from both ground level, sea level and elevated vantage points. The sensitive receivers may involve the residential population in Cheung Chau and Pui O tourist and visitors, users of country park;
(iii) description of the visual compatibility of the project with the surrounding and the planned setting, and its obstruction and interference with key views of the adjacent areas; and
(iv) the severity of visual impacts in terms of distance, nature and number of sensitive receivers shall be identified. The visual impacts of the project with and without mitigation measures shall be included so as to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed mitigation measures.
3.12.6 Alternative design that would avoid or reduce the identified landscape and visual impacts shall be evaluated for comparison before adopting other mitigation or compensatory measures to alleviate the impacts. The mitigation measures proposed shall not only be concerned with damage reduction but should also include consideration of potential enhancement of existing landscape. Applicant shall recommend mitigation measures to minimize the adverse effects identified above, including provision of a landscape design. The mitigation measures shall also include the retention of vegetation, transplanting of mature trees, provision of screen planting, re-vegetation of disturbed land, compensatory planting, and any measures to mitigate the disturbance of the existing land use. Parties shall be identified for the on going management and maintenance of the proposed mitigation works to ensure their effectiveness throughout the operation phase of the project. A practical programme and funding proposed for the implementation of the recommended measures shall be provided.
3.12.7 Coloured perspective drawings, plans and section/elevation diagrams, annotated oblique aerial photographs, photographs taken at vantage points, photo-retouching and photomontage shall be adopted to illustrate the landscape and visual impacts of the proposed project. The Applicant shall record the technical details in preparing the illustration, which may need to be submitted for verification of the accuracy of the illustration.
3.13 Summary of Environmental Outcomes
3.13.1 The EIA Report shall contain a summary of the key environmental outcomes arising from the EIA study, including the population and environmentally sensitive areas protected, environmentally friendly designs recommended, key environmental problems avoided, compensation areas included, the environmental benefits of environmental protection measures recommended and residual impacts.
4. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING & AUDIT (EM&A) REQUIREMENTS
4.1 The Applicant shall identify in the EIA study whether there is any need for EM&A activities during the construction and operation phases of the project and, if affirmative, to define the scope of the EM&A requirements for the project in the EIA study.
4.2 Subject to the confirmation of the EIA study findings, the Applicant shall comply with the requirements as stipulated in Annex 21 of the TM.
4.3 The Applicant shall prepare a project implementation schedule (in the form of a check list) containing all the EIA study recommendations and mitigation measures with reference to the implementation programme.
5. DURATION OF VALIDITY
5.1 This EIA study brief is valid for 24 months after the date of issue. If the EIA study does not commence within this period, the Applicant shall apply to the Director for another EIA study brief afresh before commencement of the EIA study.
6. REPORT REQUIREMENTS
6.1 In preparing the EIA report, the Applicant shall refer to Annex 11 of the TM for the contents of an EIA report. The Applicant shall also refer to Annex 20 of the TM which stipulates the guidelines for the review of an EIA report.
6.2 The Applicant shall supply the Director with the following number of copies of the EIA report and the executive summary :(i) 20 copies of the EIA report in English and 20 copies of the executive summary (each bilingual in both English and Chinese) as required under section 6(2) of the EIAO to be supplied at the time of application for approval of the EIA report.
(ii) when necessary, addendum to the EIA report and the executive summary submitted in (i) above as required under section 7(1) of the EIAO, to be supplied upon advice by the Director for public inspection.
(iii) 20 copies of the EIA report in English and 50 copies of the executive summary (each bilingual in both English and Chinese) with or without Addendum as required under section 7(5) of the EIAO, to be supplied upon advice by the Director for consultation with the Advisory Council on the Environment.
6.3 The Applicant shall make additional copies of the above documents available to the public, subject to payment by the interested parties of full costs of printing.
6.4 In addition, to facilitate the public inspection of the EIA Report via the EIAO Internet Website, the Applicant shall provide electronic copies of both the EIA report and the Executive Summary Report prepared in HyperTex 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. For the HTML version, a content page capable of providing hyperlink to each section and sub-section of the EIA Report and the Executive Summary Report shall be included in the beginning of the document. Hyperlinks to all figures, drawings and tables in the EIA Report and Executive Summary shall be provided in the main text from where the respective references are made. All graphics in the report shall be in interlaced GIF format unless otherwise agreed by the Director.
6.5 The electronic copies of the EIA report and Executive Summary shall be submitted to the Director at the time of application for approval of the EIA Report.
6.6 When the EIA Report and the Executive Summary are made available for public inspection under s.7(1) of the EIA Ordinance, the content of the electronic copies of the EIA Report and the Executive Summary must be the same as the hard copies and the Director shall be provided with the most updated electronic copies.
6.7 To promote environmentally friendly and efficient dissemination of information, both hard copies and electronic copies of future EM&A reports recommended by the EIA study shall be required and their format shall be agreed by the Director.
7. OTHER PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS
7.1 During the EIA study, if there is any change in the name of the Applicant for this EIA study brief, the Applicant mentioned in this study brief must notify the Director immediately.
7.2 If there is any key change in the scope of the project mentioned in section 1.2 of this EIA study brief and in Project Profile (No. PP-096/2000) , the Applicant must seek confirmation from the Director in writing on whether or not the scope of issues covered by this EIA study brief can still cover the key changes, and the additional issues, if any, that the EIA study must also address. If the changes to the project fundamentally alter the key scope of the EIA study brief, the Applicant shall apply to the Director for another EIA study brief afresh.
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