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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

5G subsidy scheme funding doubled

The Government has increased the funding earmarked for a subsidy scheme to encourage early 5G deployment from $50 million to $100 million and extended the application deadline to July 31, 2022.   It said about 100 additional projects would be accommodated as a result.   Under the Anti-epidemic Fund, the Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G subsidises 50% of the costs relevant to the deployment of 5G technology in a project, subject to a cap of $500,000.   Since its launch in May 2020, the Government has approved 103 applications, covering innovative applications in various sectors, such as remote mechanical maintenance, remote telemedicine application, 3D building information modelling in construction sites and 4K/8K live video broadcasting.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said with its edge of high speed, low latency, high capacity and massive connectivity, 5G provides enormous potential for developing business services and smart city applications from smart homes to autonomous driving.   He added that the good progress has laid a solid foundation for its extensive application, and the Government will continue its efforts in promoting 5G development.   Enquiries on the scheme can be made to 2961 6333 or via email.
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