Summary of the environmental monitoring and audit of the Chek Lap Kok Airport

Published Date: 
02/2008

A number of major projects in Hong Kong are the subject to environmental monitoring and audit (EMA) as part of EIA implementation and follow up. These programmes are carried out to ensure that the measures recommended in the EIA are actually implemented and appropriate actions are taken in cases where the impact exceeds the established limit.

The Chek Lap Kok Airport was built between 1991 and 1998 at a total cost of US$ 20 billion. It involved the reclamation of approx. 1250 ha site and facility development and related projects and infrastructure, including a new town of 20,000 (Tung Chung), and a 34 km high speed rail and road expressway to the city centre (involving fixed and tunnel water crossings and new terminal facilities on reclaimed land). Major areas of concern in site construction and operation included air quality, noise, water quality, waste and ecological damage resulting from dredging, dumping and reclamation.

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