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Enforcement Activities and Statistics under the Air Pollution Control Ordinance and the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance 2018

Officers of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) make regular inspections of potential air polluting plants and respond to air pollution complaints raised by the public. Enforcement is empowered by the Air Pollution Control Ordinance (APCO) and its subsidiary regulations. When appropriate, the EPD gives advice or issues a legal notice to the premises to abate the air pollution. If the advice or legal notice is ignored, legal action is then taken against the offender. In 2018, the EPD gave advice on 2004 occasions, served 188 notices and undertook 114 prosecutions under the APCO and 1 prosecution under the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance (OLPO)(see chart below).

 

Air Pollution Enforcement Statistics in 2018

Chimney Applications Processed 396
Specified Process Licences (Newly Issued) 7
Notices Served 188
Prosecutions (APCO & OLPO) 115
Technical Advice Given 2 004

 

 

 

 

Fines Imposed for Air Pollution Convictions in 2018 (HK$)
 

  Total Highest Lowest Average
Breach of Asbestos Requirement 232 800 20 000 2 000 5 291
Defective Design 172 700 20 000 3 200 8 635
Breach of Construction Dust Regulation 72 500 15 000 1 500 4 531
Illegal Installation/Alteration 129 500 45 500 8 000 14 389
Fails to comply with air pollution abatement notice 81 000 20 000 5 000 10 125
Breach of Petrol Filling Stations ( Vapour Recovery) Regulation 24 000 5 000 2 000 4 000
Breach of Volatile Organic Compounds Regulation 14 000 8 000 6 000 7 000
Breach of Specified Process Licence Requirements 15 000 8 000  7 000 7 500
Breach of Ocean Going Vessels (Fuel at Berth) Regulation 12 000 12 000 12 000 12 000
Breach of Non-road Mobile Machinery (Emission) Regulation 1 000 1 000 1 000 1 000
Breach of Open Burning Regulation 10 000 10 000  10 000 10 000

 

 
 
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Friday, 9 August, 2019