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Burning issue on the march

SCMP – Laisee, 16 Feb 2012

Opponents of the government’s plans to build what will be one of the largest incinerators in the world at a local beauty spot – the island of Shek Kwu Chau off Lantau – have given up trying to reason with the Environmental Protection Department and have decided to take to the streets.

They are organising a protest march on Sunday March 18 from Pier 6 in Central to the government headquarters. A poster advertising the march says: “Outdated technology causes air pollution and health risks to all Hong Kong residents and visitors. Permanent environmental damage in area of natural beauty. Careless use of public money and inadequate public consultation. Asia’s world city deserves a more intelligent solution for dealing with its rubbish.”

The government, however, appears intent on railroading the project through, despite evidence of better available technology and increasing concerns over emissions from the method the environment department proposes to use.

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