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Enforcement Activities and Statistics under the Air Pollution Control Ordinance and the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance 2016

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 2016, the EPD gave advice on 2 260 occasions, served 156 notices and undertook 90 prosecutions under the APCO and 1 prosecution under the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance (OLPO) (see chart below).

 

Air Pollution Enforcement Statistics in 2016

Chimney Applications Processed 551
Specified Process Licences (Newly Issued) 7
Notices Served 156
Prosecutions (APCO & OLPO) 91
Technical Advice Given 2 260

 

 

 

Fines Imposed for Air Pollution Convictions in 2016 (HK$)
 

  Total Highest Lowest Average
Breach of Construction Dust Regulation 109 500 15 000 1 500 4 761
Breach of Asbestos Requirement 208 000 15 000 3 000 8 667
Fails to comply with air pollution abatement notice 115 000 25 000 5 000 11 500
Defective Design 46 000 10 000 2 000 5 750
Illegal Installation/Alteration 104 000 29 400 3 000 13 000
Breach of Ocean Going Vessels(Fuel at Berth) Regulation 62 000 15 000 5 000 12 400
Breach of Volatile Organic Compounds Regulation 30 000 15 000 15 000 15 000
Contravention of terms and conditions of licence 10 000 10 000  10 000 10 000
Breach of Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance 80 000 80 000 80 000 80 000
Breach of Motor Vehicle Fuel Regulation 12 000 12 000 12 000 12 000

 

 
 
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Friday, 30 June, 2017