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EPD takes action on concrete plants

The Environmental Protection Department said it does not tolerate concrete batching plants operating without a licence and will make every effort to stop any illegal operations.   The department made the statement in response to media reports yesterday of a concrete batching plant at 20 Tung Yuen Street in Yau Tong continuing to operate without holding a valid Specified Process Licence (SPL).   The department has been closely monitoring the operation of two plants, both owned by China Concrete. The other plant is at 22 Tung Yuen Street in Yau Tong.   Regarding the plant at 20 Tung Yuen Street, the Air Pollution Control Appeal Board dismissed an appeal lodged by China Concrete against the department’s refusal of its application for renewal of an SPL for the plant on November 22.   Under the Air Pollution Control (Specified Processes) Regulations, the plant’s SPL ceased to be valid with immediate effect and the department issued a letter requesting that all works be halte

Travel bubble safeguards in place

The travel bubble arrangement between Hong Kong and Singapore includes additional safeguards, but both sides will continue to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic situation, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said today.   After attending an event, Mr Yau told reporters Hong Kong was currently enjoying a relatively stable and low-risk situation.   “We have seen the number of cases, particularly those unlinked local cases, come down to a very low level. We hope this will be maintained.   “At the same time, we are also seeing Singapore, despite some cases, by and large staying within the range that we have agreed upon for the suspension or resumption.   “So, at the moment, we are keeping an eye on this development and will see how things go.”   Mr Yau assured travellers that both places have strengthened their safeguards and would be on the alert for any changes in the epidemic situation.   “The most recent agreement has additional built-in safeguards, including an additional three-day observation on the daily number of unlinked local cases at a lower level, and the requirement to stay in the respective cities for 14 days before embarking on the travel bubble without counting the quarantine requirement for those passengers coming from a third place.   “All these are the measures that we have put in place. Of course we will stay very alert. If circumstances get worse, we will see whether there is a need to adjust them; if things are going smoothly, stably and safely, I think it is everybody's wish to have the scheme proceed as planned to be launched on May 26.”
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