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This Is Our Fault

Updated on Jul 30, 2008 – SCMP

Isn’t this amazing? A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) (“Ocean winds credited with clearing skies”, July 25) said fine weather and “the measures implemented over the past years have also contributed to better air quality”.

It appeared that as of this Monday, these so-called measures had actually done very little. All pollution monitoring stations were high. And please do not tell me this pollution is coming from across the border. This is our own pollution created in Hong Kong.

I am not sure what “measures” the EPD is talking about, but I know many have not been implemented – no road pricing, no idling engine ban, no timetable for removing old polluting vehicles, no aggressive action on power plants. The list could go on and on.

So what measures is the EPD talking about? Could someone please enlighten us? And no matter what measures have been taken they certainly are not nearly enough.

Terry Scott, Sha Tin

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