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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

DC poll nominations start Oct 17

Election Affairs Commission Chairman David Lok today inspected the procedures for receiving nomination forms for the 2023 District Council Ordinary Election, before the nomination period begins. 


The nomination period for the election will run from tomorrow until October 30. 


Mr Lok visited the Returning Officer's office at the Central & Western District Office to inspect the procedures for receiving nomination forms and the preparatory work there.


He said arrangements at the offices of the Returning Officers at 18 districts are all ready and that staff will ensure the smooth operation of the work in receiving nomination forms.


In a briefing held earlier for the Returning Officers, Mr Lok highlighted their important roles and responsibilities as well as reminded them to carry out the electoral work in strict compliance with the relevant electoral laws and guidelines to ensure that the polls will be conducted in an open, fair and honest manner.


The Electoral Affairs Commission pointed out that a nominee for the District Council geographical constituency election and the District Committees constituency election must be a registered geographical constituency elector aged 21 or above.


They must also have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for three years immediately preceding the date of the nomination. Each prospective candidate must also be subscribed by designated electors.


The committee added that nominees must submit completed nomination forms and the election deposit of $3,000 in person to the Returning Officer for the constituency concerned between 9am and 5pm from Mondays to Fridays and between 9am and noon on Saturdays within the nomination period.


They are also advised to submit their nominations as early as possible to allow time to correct possible mistakes in the nomination forms before the nomination period ends.

Nomination forms are available at the District Offices and the offices of the Registration & Electoral Office (REO). They can also be downloaded from the REO website and the election website.


Call 2891 1001 for enquiries.

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