Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Cap. 499) Section 5 (7)
Environmental Impact Assessment Study Brief No. ESB-062/2000
Project Title : Decommissioning of Cheoy Lee Shipyard at Penny's Bay (hereinafter known the "Project")
Name of Applicant: Civil Engineering Department (hereinafter known as the "Applicant")
1.1 An application (No. ESB-062/2000) for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study brief under section 5(1) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) was submitted by the Applicant on 28 September 2000 with a Project Profile (No. PP-105/2000).
1.2 The Applicant proposes to decommission the Cheoy Lee Shipyard (CLS) located at Penny's Bay, Lantau and to demolish all the buildings and structures in the shipyard. The location plan of the CLS is shown in the attached Figure 1.1 (as provided in the submitted project profile). The Project is a critical activity to make space available for the construction of Chok Ko Wan Link Road, Road P2 and Water Recreation Centre for a large-scale international theme park development to be constructed on the reclaimed land at Penny's Bay. The objectives of the Project are to:
(i) demolish existing structures;
(ii) remove abandoned equipment and waste materials;
(iii) clean up all contaminated areas; and
(iv) implement appropriate mitigation measures as recommended in the decommissioning EIA to avoid/minimise any adverse environmental impacts arising from the Project, so that the site would be made safe and free of hazards for the planned future use.
1.3 Pursuant to section 5(7)(a) of the EIAO, the Director of Environmental Protection (the Director) issues this 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 Project 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 Project;
(ii) the conditions and requirements for the 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 Project and associated works together with the requirements for carrying out the Project;
(ii) to identify and describe the elements of the community and environment likely to be affected by the Project and/or likely to cause adverse impacts to the Project, including 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 propose the provision of mitigation measures so as to minimize pollution, environmental disturbance and nuisance arising from the Project;
(vii) to identify, predict and evaluate the residual environmental impacts (i.e. after practicable mitigation) and the cumulative effects expected to arise from the Project in relation to the sensitive receivers and potential affected uses;
(viii) to identify, assess and specify methods, measures and standards, to be included in the Project which are necessary to mitigate these environmental impacts and reducing them to acceptable levels;
(ix) to investigate the extent of the secondary environmental impacts that may arise from the proposed mitigation measures and to identify constraints associated with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIA study, as well as the provision of any necessary modification; and
(x) to design and specify environmental monitoring and audit requirements to ensure the effective implementation of the recommended environmental protection and pollution control measures.
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 (hereinafter referred to as the "TM") are fully complied with.
3.2 The scope of this EIA study shall cover the Project mentioned in section 1.2 above. The EIA study shall address the likely key issues described below; and together with any other key issues identified during the course of the EIA study:
(i) the potential land contamination and ground water impacts due to the present and past land uses in the project site as described in section 1.2 above, and the release of gaseous emissions (including odour, volatile organic compounds and soil gas) and contaminants through surface runoff, groundwater seepage and effluent generated during the Project;
(ii) the waste management (including handling, storage, collection, transport, treatment and final disposal) of building debris generated from demolition works, ship wreckage and on-site installation/facilities removed during shipyard decommissioning, contaminated soil and various types of chemical wastes/ hazardous materials to be cleaned up and generated from decontamination and site clearance;
(iii) the potential ecological impacts on flora, fauna and natural habitats, in particular the freshwater Mong Tung Hang Stream and wetland close to the project area and rare/restricted/protected species identified the previous EIA studies as described in section 3.3 below; and
(iv) the cumulative environmental impacts of the Project, through interaction or in combination with other existing, committed and planned developments in the vicinity of the Project. Consideration shall be given on the likely concurrent projects in the vicinity such as the Penny's Bay Reclamation, Water Recreation Centre, Chok Ko Wan Link Road, Road P2, Penny's Bay Rail Link, Eastern Stormwater Drainage Channel and the international theme park development at Penny's Bay.
3.3 Use of the Relevant Findings of Previously Approved EIA Reports and Relevant Studies
3.3.1 The Applicant shall review all on-going and previously approved studies/EIA studies relevant to the Project and extract relevant information for the purpose of this EIA study. The previously approved studies/EIA studies relevant to the Project include, but not limited to:
(i) Environmental Impact Assessment, Construction of an International Theme Park in Penny's Bay of North Lantau and its Essential Associated Infrastructures, Civil Engineering Department, (Feb 2000) (EIAO Register No.: AEIAR-032/2000); and
(ii) Northshore Lantau Development Feasibility Study, Environmental Impact Assessment Final Report, Civil Engineering Department, (Feb 2000) (EIAO Register No.: AEIAR-031/2000).
3.4 Consideration of Alternative Decommissioning Methods
3.4.1 Having regard to the affected sensitive receivers, decommissioning duration and the severity of the environmental impacts, the EIA study shall also explore alternative decommissioning methods (including demolition and decontamination methods) for the Project. A comparison of the environmental benefits and dis-benefits of applying different methods for different types of contamination shall be made. Taking into the comparison, the Applicant shall recommend/justify the adoption of a set of decommissioning approaches that will avoid or minimize adverse environmental effects to the maximum practicable extent.
3.5 Technical Requirements
The Applicant shall conduct the EIA study to address all environmental aspects of the works and activities as described in the scope set out above. The EIA study shall include the following technical requirements on specific impacts.
3.5.1 Purpose of the Project
The Applicant shall state clearly the purpose of the Project, in particular the specific problem that the Project is intended to solve.
3.5.2 Air Quality Impact
22.214.171.124 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines for evaluating and assessing air quality impact as stated in section 1 of Annex 4 and Annex 12 of the TM, respectively.
126.96.36.199 The "Assessment Area" for air quality impact shall be generally defined by a distance of 500m from the boundary of the Project site as defined in section 3.2 above, yet it may be extended depending on the circumstances.
188.8.131.52 The Applicant shall assess the air pollutant concentrations in accordance with the latest set of Guidelines for Local-Scale Air Quality Assessment Using Models issued by the Modelling Section, Air Policy Group, Environmental Protection Department (EPD), HKSAR. (ref. EPD's home page under items for Air - http://www.info.gov.hk/epd).
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184.108.40.206 The air quality impact assessment shall include the following:
(i) Background and Analysis of Activities(a) Provide background information relating to air quality issues relevant to the Project, e.g. description of the types of activities of the Project.
(b) Give an account, where appropriate, of the consideration/measures that had been taken into consideration in the planning of the Project to abate the air pollution impact. That is, the Applicant shall consider alternative decommissioning methods/phasing programmes to minimize the construction dust quality impact, e.g. use of marine access routes for transportation of demolished building materials to avoid dust impact on air sensitive receivers (ASRs) due to haul road transport.
(c) Present the background air quality levels in the assessment area for the purpose of evaluating the cumulative air quality impacts.
(ii) Identification of ASRs and Examination of Emission/Dispersion Characteristics(a) Identify and describe representative existing and planned/committed ASRs that would likely be affected by the Project. The Applicant shall select the assessment points of the identified ASRs such that they represent the worst impact point of these ASRs. A map showing the location and a description including the name of the buildings, their uses and height of the selected assessment points shall be given. The separation distances of these ASRs from the nearest emission sources should also be given. For phased developments (including the consideration of nearby developments), the Applicant should review the development programme to take into consideration of the decommissioning stages so as to include occupiers of early phases as ASRs if they may be affected by the works at later phases.
(b) Provide an exhaustive list of air pollutant emission sources, including emissions from the decommissioning and decontamination processes and any nearby emission sources. Examples of emission sources include odour, soil gas, volatile organic compounds, blasting, vehicular movements on unpaved haul roads on site, and soil excavation, etc.
(iii) Construction Dust Impact(a) The Applicant shall follow the requirements of the Air Pollution Control (Construction Dust) Regulation in dust control to ensure construction dust impacts during demolition are controlled within the relevant standards as stipulated in section 1 of Annex 4 of the TM. A monitoring and audit program during the decommissioning shall be initiated to verify the effectiveness of the control measures and to ensure that the construction dust levels be brought under control.
(b) If the Applicant anticipates a significant construction dust impact that will likely cause exceedance of the recommended limits in the TM at the ASRs despite incorporation of the dust control measures stated in 220.127.116.11 (iii)(a) above, a quantitative assessment should be carried out to evaluate the construction dust impact at the identified ASRs. The Applicant shall follow the methodology as described in (v) below when carrying out the quantitative assessment.
(iv) Air Quality Impacts from Decommissioning Other Than Construction Dust(a) The Applicant shall calculate the expected air pollutant concentrations and the associated risk from the Project at the identified ASRs including possible impacts of odour, soil gas, volatile organic compounds and etc. Calculations for the expected impacts shall be based on an assumed reasonably worst case scenario. The Applicant shall follow the methodology as described in (v) below when carrying out the quantitative assessment.
(v) Quantitative Assessment Methodology(a) The Applicant shall apply the general principles enunciated in the modeling guidelines while making allowance for the specific characteristic of the Project. This specific methodology must be documented in such level of details (preferably with tables and diagrams) to allow the readers of the assessment report to grasp how the model is set up to simulate the situation at hand without referring to the model input files. Details of the calculation of the emission rates of air pollutants for input to the modeling shall be presented in the report. The Applicant must ensure consistency between the text description and the model files at every stage of submission. Prior agreement of the general methodology between the Applicant and the Director is advised.
(b) The Applicant shall identify the key/representative air pollutant parameters (types of pollutants and the averaging time concentration) to be evaluated and provide explanation for choosing these parameters for the assessment of the impact of the Project.
(c) The Applicant shall calculate the cumulative air quality impact at the identified ASRs and compare these results against the criteria set out in section 1 of Annex 4 in the TM. The predicted air quality impacts (both unmitigated and mitigated) shall be presented in the form of summary table and pollution contours, for comparison with relevant air quality standards and examination of the land use implications of these impacts. Plans of suitable scale should be used for presentation of pollution contour for determining buffer distances required.
(d) The Applicant shall propose remedies and mitigating measures where the predicted air quality impact exceeds the criteria set in section 1 of Annex 4 in the TM. These measures and any constraints on future land use planning shall be agreed with the relevant government departments/authorities and documented. The Applicant shall demonstrate quantitatively that the resultant impacts after incorporation of the proposed mitigating measures will comply with the criteria stipulated in section 1 of Annex 4 in the TM.
(e) All input and output file(s) of the model run(s) shall be submitted to the Director in electronic format.
3.5.3 Water Quality Impact
18.104.22.168 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 during the decommissioning of the shipyard. Specifically, the assessment shall address the following:
(i) collection and review of background information on the existing water system(s) and sensitive receivers which might be affected by the Project;
(ii) characterization of water quality on the surrounding water systems and sensitive receivers which might be potentially affected by the Project;
(iii) identification and analysis of all existing and planned future activities and beneficial uses related to the water system(s) and identification of all water sensitive receivers including inshore water protection/recreation areas;
(iv) identification of pertinent water quality objectives and establishment of other appropriate water quality criteria or standards for the water system(s) and all sensitive receivers as identified in (iii) above;
(v) identification of any alteration of water course, natural stream/ponds, wetland, change of flow regimes; change of ground water levels and change of catchment types or areas;
(vi) identification, analysis and quantification of all existing and likely future water pollution sources, including point discharges and non-point sources to surface water runoff. The potential contaminants shall include those caused by surface runoff and groundwater seepage. Field investigation and laboratory tests shall be conducted as appropriate;
(vii) establishment and provision of an emission inventory on the quantities and characteristics of all these pollution sources;
(viii) prediction of the impacts on the water system(s) and the sensitive receivers due to those alterations and changes identified in (v) and the pollution sources identified in (vi) above. The prediction shall take into account and include likely different decommissioning stages or sequences. Cumulative impacts due to other projects, activities or pollution sources within a boundary around the "Assessment Area" to be agreed by the Director shall also be predicted and quantified;
(ix) assessment and evaluation of water quality impacts on the sensitive receivers due to the Project. Among other receivers, any potential impact on the operation of the planned Water Recreation Centre at Penny's Bay shall be included;
(x) investigation of the risk of groundwater contamination during the decommissioning and decontamination processes. The potential impacts from the contaminated groundwater to the coastal zone and the marine biota including Chinese White Dolphin and fish (especially commercial fish) should be evaluated and properly addressed.
(xi) proposal of water pollution prevention and mitigation measures to be implemented during the decommissioning of the shipyard so as to reduce the water and sediment quality impacts to within acceptable levels of standards. Best management practices to reduce storm water, and non-point source pollution shall be investigated and proposed as appropriate;
(xii) proposal of practical mitigation measures to be implemented at the decommissioning site to safeguard the water quality of the planned artificial lake/Water Recreation Centre at Penny's Bay from being contaminated; and
(xiii) evaluation and quantification of residual impacts on the water system(s) and the sensitive receivers with regard to the appropriate water and sediment quality criteria, standards and guidelines.
3.5.4 Waste Management Implications
22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199 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 waste arising as a result of the Project, based on the sequence and duration of the shipyard decommissioning.
(ii) Proposal for Waste Management(a) Prior to considering the disposal options for various types of wastes, the Applicant shall fully evaluate opportunities for reducing waste generation and on-site or off-site reuse 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 decommissioning processes for maximizing waste reduction shall be separately considered.
(b) After taking into account all the opportunities for reducing waste generation and maximizing reuse, the Applicant shall estimate the types and quantities of the wastes required to be disposed of as a consequence and describe the disposal options for each type of waste in detail. The disposal options for each type of wastes shall take into account the result of the assessment in (c) below.
(c) The impact caused by handling (including labelling, packaging & storage), collection, treatment, transportation and disposal of wastes shall be addressed in detail and appropriate mitigation measures proposed. This assessment shall cover the following areas :
- potential hazard;
- air emissions including odour;
- wastewater discharge, surface runoff, groundwater seepage; and
- public transport.
(d) The Applicant shall make it clear how the contaminated wastes from the Project would be disposed of and determine the environmental acceptability of the associated impacts. If there are contaminated materials to be transported to other sites for treatment prior to proper disposal, the Applicant shall investigate the potential risks of pollution from the contaminated materials on the way to the treatment site(s) and recommended adequate mitigation measures against with any potential pollution accidents.
3.5.5 Land Contamination
188.8.131.52 The Applicant shall follow the guidelines for evaluating and assessing potential land contamination issues as stated in sections 3.1 and 3.2, Annex 19 of the TM.
184.108.40.206 The Applicant shall provide a clear and detailed account of the present land use (including description of the activities, chemicals and hazardous substances handled with clear indication of their storage and location by reference to a site map) and the relevant land use history in relation to possible land contamination (including accident records, change of land use and the likes).
220.127.116.11 During the execution of the EIA study, the Applicant shall submit a contamination assessment plan (CAP) to the Director for endorsement prior to conducting an actual contamination assessment of the land/site. The CAP shall include proposals on sampling and analysis required and shall aim at determining the nature and the extent of the contamination of the land/site. Furthermore, potential impact due to leaching of contaminants from the project site through surface runoff and /or groundwater to water bodies in the vicinity and the adjoining Penny's Bay reclamation site shall be addressed.
18.104.22.168 Based on the endorsed CAP, the Applicant shall conduct a land contamination assessment. If land contamination is confirmed, a remedial action plan (RAP) shall be prepared to formulate in detail any necessary remedial measures.
22.214.171.124 The land contamination assessment shall make a thorough investigation of the contamination levels of all the potential hazardous substances especially Tributyl Tin (TBT) at the project site as a result of the operation of the shipyard and past land uses.
3.5.6 Ecological Impact (Terrestrial and Aquatic)
126.96.36.199 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 arising from the Project. The assessment shall include the ecological survey of the "Assessment Area" as defined in section 188.8.131.52 below.
184.108.40.206 The "Assessment Area" for the purpose of ecological assessment shall include all areas within 500m distance from the boundary of the project site as defined in section 3.2 above, and the area likely to be impacted by the Project.
220.127.116.11 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 Project shall avoid impacts on recognized sites of conservation importance and other ecological sensitive areas. The assessment shall identify and quantify as far as possible the potential ecological impacts associated with the Project.
18.104.22.168 The assessment shall include the following major tasks:
(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 any necessary field surveys and investigations to fill in the information gap, if any, and to fulfil 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 type, species present, dominant species found, species diversity and abundance, community structure, inter-dependence of the habitats and species, and presence of any features of ecological importance;
(d) representative colour photographs 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 book;
(v) investigate and describe the existing wildlife uses of various habitats with special attention to:(a) natural stream courses, including Mong Tung Hang Stream;
(b) freshwater wetland;
(c) secondary woodlands;
(d) habitats containing rare/restricted/protected species in the vicinity of the project site identified in the previous EIA studies as described in section 3.3 above; and
(e) 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 vicinity of the Project site and assess whether these sites will be affected by the Project or not;
(vii) identify and evaluate the possible sources of ecological impacts due to the Project, including potential contaminants released from the project site;
(viii) using suitable methodology, identify and quantify as far as possible any direct, indirect, on-site, primary, secondary and cumulative ecological impacts such as destruction of habitats, reduction of species abundance/diversity, loss of feeding grounds, reduction of ecological carrying capacity and habitat fragmentation; and in particular the habitat loss and disturbance to wildlife during the decommissioning of the shipyard;
(ix) evaluate the significance and acceptability of the ecological impacts identified using well-defined criteria;
(x) recommend all possible alternatives (such as modifications of layout and design) 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;
(xi) recommend preventive measure to prevent silting of stream courses including the Mong Tung Hang Stream where the rare Rice Fish are found and the smothering of freshwater wetland, which are located in the proximity of the project site;
(xii) 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;
(xiii) provide a contingency plan to save the rare/restricted/protected plant species affected by the Project in case the transplantation of any plant species (if recommended) is found to be unsuccessful and such a remedy action should be commenced before the decommissioning of the shipyard;
(xiv) determine and quantify as far as possible the residual ecological impacts after implementation of the proposed mitigation measures;
(xv) 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 the PELB Technical Circular No. 1/97 should be followed; and
(xvi) review the need for and recommend any ecological monitoring and audit programme required.
3.5.7 Impact on Cultural Heritage
22.214.171.124 The Applicant shall follow the criteria and guidelines for evaluating and assessing the cultural heritage impacts as stated in Annexes 10 and 19 of the TM, respectively.
126.96.36.199 The assessment shall review the findings of previous studies and collate all the available information regarding cultural heritage. The Applicant shall identify all sites of cultural heritage that might be adversely affected by the Project including visual impact, impacts due to vibration and ground settlement associated with the Project.
188.8.131.52 The Applicant shall assess the extent to which those sites of cultural heritage might be affected and recommend possible alternatives (such as modification of layout and design of the Project) and practicable monitoring and mitigation measures to avoid or keep the adverse impacts on the site of cultural heritage to an absolute minimum. Such measures, if found necessary, shall be agreed with the AMO.
184.108.40.206 In the event that supplementary studies are needed, the Applicant can draw necessary reference to the "Criteria for Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment" as shown in Appendix A to this EIA study brief. The methodology of supplementary studies (if required) shall be proposed by the Applicant and agreed with the AMO and the Director prior to commencement of the supplementary studies.
3.5.8 Summary of Environmental Outcomes
220.127.116.11 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 and the environmental benefits of environmental protection measures recommended.
3.5.9 Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) Requirements
18.104.22.168 The Applicant shall identify and justify in the EIA study whether there is any need for EM&A and/or environmental management system (EMS) activities during the decommissioning of the shipyard and, if affirmative to define the scope of the EM&A requirements for the Project in the EIA study.
22.214.171.124 Subject to the confirmation of EIA study findings, the Applicant shall comply with the requirements as stipulated in Annex 21 of the TM. The Applicant shall also propose real-time reporting of monitoring data for the Project through a dedicated internet website.
126.96.36.199 The Applicant shall prepare a project implementation schedule (in the form of a checklist as shown in Appendix B to this EIA study brief or otherwise as approved by the Director) containing all the EIA study recommendations and mitigation measures with reference to the implementation programme.
4. DURATION OF VALIDITY
This EIA study brief is valid for 24 months from 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.
5. REPORT REQUIREMENTS
5.1 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.
5.2 The Applicant shall supply the Director with the following number of copies of the EIA report and the executive summary:
(i) 50 copies of the EIA report in English and 80 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) where necessary, addendum to the EIA report and the executive summary submitted in 5.2 (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.
5.3 The Applicant shall, upon request, make additional copies of the above documents available to the public, subject to payment by the interested parties of full costs of printing.
5.4 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 HyperText 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.
5.5 The electronic copies of the EIA report and the executive summary shall be submitted to the Director at the time of application for approval of the EIA Report.
5.6 When the EIA Report and the executive summary are made available for public inspection under section 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.
5.7 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.
6. OTHER PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS
6.1 During the EIA study, if there is any change in the name of Applicant for this EIA study brief, the Applicant in this study brief must notify the Director immediately.
6.2 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-105/2000, 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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