Contents

††††††††††††††††††††††† Executive summary†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

1††††††††††††††††††††† Introduction††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

1.1†††††††††††††††††† Purpose of the Report†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

2††††††††††††††††††††† Environmental Status††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

2.1†††††††††††††††††† Project Area†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

2.2†††††††††††††††††† Environmental Sensitive Receivers††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

2.3†††††††††††††††††† Major Construction Activities†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

2.4†††††††††††††††††† Monitoring Schedule of The Reporting Month††††

2.5†††††††††††††††††† Status of Environmental Approval Documents

2.6†††††††††††††††††† Community Liaison Group Meeting†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

2.7†††††††††††††††††† Summary of Non-Compliance With The Environmental Quality Performance Limits†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

3††††††††††††††††††††† Environmental Issues and Actions†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

3.1†††††††††††††††††† Previous Environmental Deficiencies and Follow-up Actions†††††††

3.2†††††††††††††††††† Implementation Status on Environmental Protection Requirements

3.3†††††††††††††††††† Environmental Monitoring†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

4††††††††††††††††††††† Future Key Issues†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

4.1†††††††††††††††††† Key Issues for the Next One Month††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

4.2†††††††††††††††††† Impact Prediction for the Next One Month††††††††††††

4.3†††††††††††††††††† Works and Monitoring Schedule for the Next One Month††††

 

LIST OF TABLES

Table 2.1††† Summary of Works Undertaken During the Reporting Period

Table 2.2††† Summary of Environmental Licensing, Notification and Permit Status

LIST OF ANNEXES

Annex A††††† Project Location

Annex B††††† Water Quality Monitoring Stations, Water Quality and Ecological Sensitive Receivers

Annex C†††† Implementation Programme of Mitigation Measures

Annex D†††† Cumulative Complaints Statistics

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The construction works for the Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility resumed on 9th July 2007.This thirteenth monthly Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) report presents the EM&A works carried out during the period from 1st November to 30th November 2007 in accordance with the EM&A Manual.

Breaches of all Action and Limit Levels

No breaches of action or limit levels occurred during the reporting month as no monitoring was undertaken.

Complaint Log

No environmental complaints were received during the reporting period.

Notifications of any Summons and Successful Prosecutions

No environmental summon or prosecutions were received in this reporting period.

Reporting Changes

There were no reporting changes in the reporting period.

Future Key Issues

         Dust release and suppression;

         Commencement of dredging activities; and

         Water quality monitoring and dolphin monitoring to be conducted during the dredging activities.

 

 


1                                            Introduction

Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited (LCAL) has appointed ERM-Hong Kong, Limited (ERM) as the Environmental Team (ET) to implement the Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) programme for the Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility (the Project) during construction works.

The construction works for PAFF commenced in November 2005 based upon the previous EIA (EIAO Register Number AEIAR-062-2002) conducted and the Environmental Permit EP-139/2002 granted on the 28th August 2002.Due to minor changes to the detailed layout of the site and the site boundary, application for Variation to the Environmental Permit (VEP) (VEP-133/2004) was submitted to the Director of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval.The variation to the EP (EP-139/2002/A) was granted by the EPD in February 2004.

However, the decision by the EPD to grant the above Environmental Permit was subject to a Judicial Review.The Judicial Review sided in the favour of the DEP, as did the subsequent Judgement from the Court of Appeal from the High Court for Judicial Review in March 2005.However, the DEPís decision to grant the EP was quashed by the Judgement of the Court of Final Appeal of July 2006.

The construction works were stopped following the Judgement of the Court of Final Appeal of July 2006.As such, in order to continue with the construction of the project, the project went through the statutory procedures under the EIAO again with a new design in order to obtain an environmental permit.The revised EIA was submitted in 2007 and the environmental permit (EP-262/2007) was granted in May 2007.EP-262/2007 has been amended to EP262/2007/A and issued by the EPD on 30 November 2007.

The construction works and EM&A requirements were resumed on 9th July 2007 following the latest requirements of the EP-262/2007 and EM&A Manual.Details regarding the EM&A requirements and changes should refer to the updated EM&A Manual.For the marine works, all piling activities were completed before the previous suspension of construction works in 2006.

1.1                                      Purpose of the Report

This is the thirteenth EM&A Report which summarizes the monitoring results and audit findings for the EM&A programme during the reporting period from 1st November to 30th November 2007.

 

2                                            Environmental Status

2.1                                      Project Area

The project area is in Area 38 of Tuen Mun and the pipelines are located in Urmston Road between Tuen Mun Area 38 and Sha Chau.The site is illustrated in Annex A.

2.2                                      Environmental Sensitive Receivers

No air and noise sensitive receivers were identified close to the project area.However, water sensitive receivers and ecological sensitive receivers were identified in the EIA study, and are shown in Annex B.

2.3                                      Major Construction Activities

A summary of the major works undertaken in this reporting period is shown in Table 2.1.

Table 2.1††††††† Summary of Works Undertaken During the Reporting Period

Area

Works undertaken

Tuen Mun Area 38

Tank Farm and Bund Wall Construction

Permanent Drainage Construction

Operational & Fire Services Buildings Construction

Jetty Works (Non-piling)

2.4                                      Monitoring Schedule of The Reporting Month

No monitoring was conducted during the reporting period.Water monitoring during dredging activities are expected to commence in December 2007.

2.5                                      Status of Environmental Approval Documents

A summary of the relevant permits, licences, and/or notifications on environmental protection for this Project since July 2007 is presented in Table 2.2.


Table 2.2††††††† Summary of Environmental Licensing, Notification and Permit Status

Permit/ Licenses/ Notification

Reference

Validity Period

Remarks

Environmental Permit

EP-262/2007/A

Throughout Project

Issued on 30 November 2007 (EP-262/2007 issued on 31 May 2007, EP-139/2002 originally granted on 28 August 2002 and EP-139/2002/A granted on 24 February 2004 were superseded)

 

 

 

 

 

Chemical Waste Producer Registration

 

WPN 5111-421-L2174-25

Throughout Project

Issued on 10 November 2005

Notification of Construction Works under Air Pollution Control (Construction Dust) Regulation

 

H2104/U1D/5542/DG/DH/PL

 

Throughout Project

Notification on 6 July 2007

Construction Noise Permit

GW-RW0372-07

25 July 2007 to

24 January 2008

 

For air compressors, breakers, excavators, wheeled loaders, mobile cranes, concrete lorry mixers, hand-held pokers, bar benders/cutters, wood saws, grinders, submarine water pump, lorries with crane, dump trucks, rollers, ventilation fans and generators

 

 

GW-RW0427-07

28 August 2007 to 27 February 2008

For concrete pump derrick barges, hand-held grinders, generators, air compressors, boring machines, water pumps, tug boat, grout mixers and grout pumps

 

 

 

 

Wastewater Discharge License

EP760/421/011399/l

15 March 2006 to 31 March 2011

Issued on 15 March 2006

2.6                                      Community Liaison Group Meeting

According to the EP requirements, a Community Liaison Group (CLG) shall be established within three months after commencement of construction of the Project.The major duty of CLG is to advise on and monitor the proper design, construction and operation of the Project.The CLG comprises representatives from Airport Authority, members of Tuen Mun community and academics.During the reporting month, the CLG held a meeting cum site visit on 5 October 2007.

The details of PAFF CLG (including Membership and its Terms of Reference) and the meeting minutes can be found on the Project website (www.paffhk.com).

2.7                                      Summary of Non-Compliance With The Environmental Quality Performance Limits

Summary of Environmental Non-compliance

No environmental non-compliance was found during the reporting period.

Summary of Environmental Complaints

No environmental complaints were received during the reporting period.A summary of environmental complaints since project commencement is presented in Annex D.

Summary of Environmental Summons

No summons were received in this reporting period.A summary of legal proceeding since project commencement is presented in Annex D.

 

3                                            Environmental Issues and Actions

3.1                                      Previous Environmental Deficiencies and Follow-up Actions

As no environmental complaint was received over the last reporting period, no follow-up action was required.

Weekly site inspections were carried out by the ET on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 30th November 2007.Overall, the site was in good orderly manner and no non-compliance was found.Environmental deficiencies and follow-up actions/mitigation measures were identified during the inspections, as follows:

Air Quality

            Water tankers were used regularly to wet the road surface to minimize dust emission.

            Site entrance was paved and wheel-washing facility was provided to avoid dust deposit on the public road.

            Main access road within the site (between site office and exit) was paved to avoid dust emission.Other sections of the major access road in the construction area were paved with stones.

Noise

            No noisy activities were conducted during the audit.

            All air compressors on site were operated with a valid noise label.

Water Quality

            Site toilets were provided on site.A soil soakaway system with holding tanks was installed to treat the sewage from the toilets.No effluent discharge out of the site was made.

            The site canteen is no longer in operation and hence no waste water is generated.

Waste Management

            During the site inspection on 8th and 22nd November 2007, general refuse was observed to be full outside the site office and operation building.††† The Contractor was recommended to remove the refuse at the area.Corrective action was taken by the Contractor in the reporting period.††

            Disposal of stockpiled construction waste to public fill bank was not undertaken during the reporting period.The Contractor was recommended to regularly spray the excavated materials at the stockpiling area with water to avoid fugitive dust generation.

Landscape and Visual

            The transplanted trees at the new site were in good and healthy condition; and,

            The berm was habilitated by vegetation.

Overall, the site was in a good orderly manner.The ET will keep track on the EM&A programme to ensure compliance of environmental requirements and the proper implementation of all necessary mitigation measures.

3.2                                      Implementation Status on Environmental Protection Requirements

The implementation status of environmental mitigation measures and requirements as stated in the EIA Report, Environmental Permits and EM&A Manual during the reporting period is summarized in Annex C.

3.3                                      Environmental Monitoring

3.3.1                                Air and Noise

Air and Noise monitoring is not required for the project.††

3.3.2                                Water Quality

Water quality monitoring was not required during this reporting period as no dredging activity had taken place.

According to the Wastewater Discharge License (Industrial Trade Effluent) issued by the EPD on 15th March 2006, the Contractor is required to conduct grab sampling/analysis on total suspended solids at the designated discharge point(s) quarterly to ensure the quality of treated effluent at the designated discharge point(s) complies with the requirements of discharge license.The last water sample was conducted on 28 September 2007 and the results were reported in the respective EM&A Report.

3.3.3                                Waste Management

The Contractorís revised Waste Management Plan (Revision 4) (WMP) was submitted to the EPD on 20th September 2007.

3.3.4                                Cultural Heritage

As no dredging activity has been conducted during the reporting period, marine archaeological monitoring was not required.

3.3.5                                Landscape and Visual

According to the EIA report and EM&A Manual, mitigation measures and site inspection are required during the landscaping/planting works.The berm/landscaping bund was habilitated by vegetation which was grown during the project suspension period.The transplanted trees were in good and healthy condition.

The weekly site inspections included audits on landscape and visual issues to ensure that the site was in orderly acceptable manner.

3.3.6                                Land Contamination, Hazard to Life and Fuel Spill Risk

According to the EIA report and EM&A Manual, mitigation measures and design phase audit are required to minimise the risk of fuel spill and hazards. The Contractor will submit the updated design audit plan according to the EP requirements.

Pursuant to Condition 3.5 of the EP, the Contractor submitted three design drawings which address the specific sub-clauses on Condition 3.5a of the EP concerning the containment systems of aviation fuel storage tank farm.The ET and the IEC have provided certification and verification to the drawings respectively and the drawings were submitted to the EPD on 7 November 2007.

Weekly site inspection covered the waste management aspects which included measures to prevent land contamination by chemical wastes.

3.3.7                                Ecology

Dolphin Visual Monitoring

No dolphin monitoring was conducted as there were no dredging activities during the reporting period.Dredging activities will be operated by two dredgers working simultaneously.The tentative start date will be mid December 2007.Three dolphin observers have been commissioned to undertake the dolphin monitoring in accordance with the EM&A Manual.All observers were verified by the IEC on 13th November 2007.

3.3.8                                EM&A Manual

The EM&A Manual for the Project has been updated by the ET to include the detailed arrangements of setting up a Community Liaison Group, carrying out design audit, and monitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants during construction of the Project.The EM&A Manual was submitted to the EPD during the previous reporting period.The ET will keep track on comments received from the EPD, if any, and update the EM&A Manual accordingly.

3.3.9                                Baseline Water Quality Monitoring

Baseline water quality monitoring was conducted between 24 October and 30 October 2007 at six designated monitoring stations (three impact stations and three control stations) established for the Project in accordance with the EM&A Manual.The monitoring was carried out on a daily basis, at mid-flood and mid-ebb tides, at three depths (surface, middle and bottom), for 1 week prior to the commencement of construction of the sub-sea pipelines of the Project.No major marine activities in relation to the Project were undertaken during the baseline monitoring.

Through communications with the EPD, an Interim Baseline Monitoring Report presenting the results of suspended solid and all in situ analysis were submitted to the EPD in 7th November.A Final Baseline Monitoring Report including POPs results was provided in 21st November.

The ET will keep track on comments received from the EPD, if any, and update the Report accordingly.

 

4                                            Future Key Issues

4.1                                      Key Issues for the Next One Month

Key issues to be considered in the next one month will include:

         Dust release and suppression;

         Commencement of dredging activities; and

         Water quality monitoring and dolphin monitoring to be conducted during the dredging activities.

4.2                                      Impact Prediction for the Next One Month

Provided that environmental mitigation measures including good on-site practises are properly implemented, it is not expected that unacceptable adverse impacts will arise.

4.3                                      Works and Monitoring Schedule for the Next One Month

Work programme for the next one month includes jetty platform works (non-piling) and site works (construction works for tank farm, operational and fire services buildings, drainages, bund wall, security wall etc).Weekly site inspections will be undertaken.Dredging work is scheduled to commence in mid December.Water quality, dolphin monitoring and marine archaeological monitoring will be undertaken in accordance with the EM&A Manual.