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A Guide to the Water Pollution Control Ordinance

Offences and Penalties
   
32.
It is an offence to discharge polluting matter in a water control zone, or to discharge effluent in breach of the terms and conditions specified in the licence. The only exemptions are those stated in paragraph 8 above. The maximum penalty is
(A)
For discharges of any waste or polluting matter:
6 months imprisonment and
  • for a first offence, a fine of $200,000
  • for a second or subsequent offence, a fine of $400,000
  • in addition, if the offence is a continuing offence, a fine of $10,000 for each day
   
(B)
For discharges of poisonous or noxious matter:
  • for a first offence, a fine of $400,000 and imprisonment for 1 year
  • for a second or subsequent offence, a fine of $1 million and imprisonment for 2 years
  • in addition, if the offence is a continuing offence, a fine of $40,000 for each day
   
(C)
For contravention of the conditions of a licence:
  • A fine of $200,000 and imprisonment for 6 months
   
33.
Any person who fails to comply with any requirement specified in a notice stated in paragraph 24 above commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $100,000. In addition, if the offence is a continuing offence, a fine of 5,000 for each day.
   
34.
Any person who provides information which he knows to be false commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $10,000.
   
35.
Any person who wilfully obstructs an authorized officer in the exercise of his power in the course of his duty commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $10,000.
   
36. Under no circumstances should an applicant offer an advantage to Government staff, to do so is an offence under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
 
 
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Tuesday, 18 September, 2018