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Burning issue of Shek Kwu Chau

SCMP – Laisee

The campaign to block the government’s proposed incinerator on the island of Shek Kwu Chau is reaching a critical phase. Opponents applied earlier this month for leave to apply for a judicial review of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed waste management scheme and the decision by the Town Planning Board and the Director of Environmental Protection to rezone Shek Kwu Chau to change its legal status, enabling the incinerator to be built.

However, the government has said it intends to oppose the attempt to initiate a judicial review. The EPD will shortly be asking the Legislative Council for financing for the project. A protest march is planned for Sunday at 3.30pm from Pier 6 in Central. Opponents object to the building of the incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau, a place of natural beauty, and also believe the government is employing outdated “mass burn” technology when more advanced, cheaper and efficient waste to energy technology could be used.

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