Contents

Executive summary

1 Introduction

1.1 Purpose of the Report

1.2 Key Contact Information

2 Environmental Status

2.1 Project Area

2.2 Environmental Sensitive Receivers

2.3 Major Construction Activities

2.4 Monitoring Schedule of The Reporting Period

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

2.8 Summary of Environmental Complaints

2.9 Summary of Environmental Summons

3 Environmental Issues and Actions

3.1 Previous Environmental Deficiencies and Follow-up Actions

3.2 Implementation Status on Environmental Protection Requirements

4 Environmental Monitoring

4.1 Air and Noise

4.2 Water Quality

4.3 POPs Monitoring

4.4 Waste Management

4.5 Cultural Heritage

4.6 Landscape and Visual

4.7 Land Contamination, Hazard to Life and Fuel Spill Risk

4.8 Ecology

4.9 EM&A Manual

4.10 Baseline Water Quality Monitoring

5 Future Key Issues and Conclusion

5.1 Key Issues for the Next Reporting Period

5.2 Impact Prediction for the Next Reporting Period

5.3 Works and Monitoring Schedule for the Next Reporting Period

5.4 Conclusion

 


LIST OF TABLES

 

Table 1.1 Contact Information

Table 2.1 Summary of Works Undertaken During the Reporting Period

Table 2.2 Cumulative Quantity of Excavated Materials

Table 2.3 Summary of Environmental Licensing, Notification and Permit Status

Table 3.1 Environmental Deficiencies (Observations) from Site Inspections during Reporting Period

 

LIST OF ANNEXES

 

Annex A Project Location

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

Annex C Monitoring Schedule for the Reporting Period

Annex D Cumulative Complaints Statistics

Annex E Implementation Programme of Mitigation Measures

Annex F Graphical Presentation of Impact Water Quality Monitoring Results for the Reporting Period

Annex G Dolphin Sighting Records

 

 


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The construction works for the Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility resumed on 9 July 2007. This ninth quarterly Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) report presents the EM&A work carried out during the period from 1 January to 31 March 2009 in accordance with the EM&A Manual.

Breaches of all Action and Limit Levels

No exceedances of any Action and Limit Levels applicable to the project were observed during the reporting period.

Complaint Log

No environmental complaint was received during the reporting period.

Notifications of any Summons and Successful Prosecutions

No environmental summons or prosecutions was received in this reporting period.

Reporting Changes

There was no reporting changes in the reporting period.

Future Key Issues

         Dust release and suppression; and,

         Installation of subsea pipelines.

 


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 EPD in February 2004.

However, the decision by 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 DEPs 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.

It should be noted that at the time of reporting, a further Variation to the Environmental Permit has been approved, primarily to allow for dredging works to continue during March 2008. As such, EP-262/2007/A has been amended to EP-262/2007/B and issued by the EPD on 27 February 2008.

The construction works and EM&A requirements resumed on 9 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 ninth EM&A Report which summarizes the monitoring results and audit findings for the EM&A programme during the reporting period from 1 January to 31 March 2009.


1.2                                      Key Contact Information

Key contact information of the Project is presented in Table 1.1.

Table 1.1 Contact Information

Name

Position

Telephone

Facsimile

E-mail

Airport Authority Hong Kong Environmental Permit Holder

Amin Ebrahim

Assistant General Manager Aviation Logistics

2183 3108

2824 2786

[email protected]

Contractor Leighton (Asia) Construction Limited

Brian Gillon

Project Director

2823 1111

2529 8784

[email protected]

Boyd Merrett

Project Manager

2404 8900

2404 0081

[email protected]

Franchisees Site Representative ECO Aviation Fuel Development Limited

Philip Siu

Franchisees Site Representative

2963 2820

2563 6311

[email protected]

Environmental Team ERM-Hong Kong Limited

Craig Reid

Environmental Team Leader

2271 3000

2723 5660

[email protected]

Independent Environmental Checker Hyder Consulting Limited

Dr Kwok-leung Pun

Independent Environmental Checker

2911 2233

2805 5028

[email protected]

 

2                                            Environmental Status

2.1                                      Project Area

The project area is in Area 38 of Tuen Mun and the pipelines are located at 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. Marine dredging operations were completed on 23 January 2009. Table 2.2 presents the cumulative quantity of excavated materials up to that date. Daily and cumulative dredging production rates are illustrated in Figure 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)

 

Submarine Pipeline Route

Dredging Operations (January 2009)

Pipeline Installation Works from Jetty Area to Seawall at Tuen Mun Area 38 (March 2009)

Table 2.2 Cumulative Quantity of Excavated Materials

Type of Excavated Materials

Cumulative Bulk Volume (m3)

From 17 December 2007 to 31 March 2008

Contaminated Mud

105,974

Uncontaminated Mud

97,815

 

From 1 September 2008 to 23 January 2009

Contaminated Mud

0

Uncontaminated Mud

149,147

2.4                                      Monitoring Schedule of The Reporting Period

Daily water quality monitoring during dredging activities was conducted from 1 January to 23 January 2009. The monitoring schedule conducted during the reporting month is presented in Annex C.

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 2.3.

Table 2.3 Summary of Environmental Licensing, Notification and Permit Status

Permit/ Licenses/ Notification

Reference

Validity Period

Remarks

Environmental Permit

EP-262/2007/B

Throughout Project

Issued on 27 February 2008 (EP-262/2007/A 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-RW0676-07

21 December 2007 to 19 June 2008

 

 

For land-based works including 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-RW0677-07

21 December 2007 to 29 February 2008

For marine dredging operation including grab dredger, tug boat, split hopper barge and motor sampan

 

GW-RW0678-07

21 December 2007 to 18 June 2008

 

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

 

GW-RW0094-08

1 March to 31 March 2008

For marine dredging operation including grab dredger, tug boat, split hopper barge and motor sampan

 

GW-RW0312-08

04 July 2008 to 22 December 2008

 

 

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

 

GW-RW0313-08

04 July 2008 to 19 December 2008

 

For land-based works including 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-RW0373-08

1 August 2008 to 20 January 2009

For land-based works including 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, generators, stirrer, jet chisel, water jet machine and dehumidifier

 

GW-RW0368-08

1 September to 30 November 2008

For marine dredging operation including grab dredger, tug boat, split hopper barge and motor sampan

 

GW-RW0054-09

16 February 2009 to 5 August 2009

 

For land-based and marine works including passenger launch, winch, welding machine, grinder, generator, power pack, tug boat, crane, air compressor, roller, hoist and derrick barge

 

Marine Dumping Permit

EP/MD/08-064

13 December 2007 to 29 February 2008

 

For Type 1 Open Sea Disposal

EP/MD/08-065

13 December 2007 to 12 January 2008

For Type 1d & Type 2 marine disposal

EP/MD/08-071

13 January 2008 to 12 February 2008

 

For Type 1d & Type 2 marine disposal

EP/MD/08-090

3 March to 31 March 2008

 

For Type 1d & Type 2 marine disposal

EP/MD/08-091

3 March to 31 March 2008

 

For Type 1 Open Sea Disposal

EP/MD/09-018

1 September to 30 September 2008

 

For Type 1d & Type 2 marine disposal

EP/MD/09-032

1 October to 31 October 2008

 

For Type 1d & Type 2 marine disposal

EP/MD/09-017

1 September to 30 November 2008

 

For Type 1 Open Sea Disposal

EP/MD/09-039

1 December 2008 to 31 January 2009

For Type 1 Open Sea Disposal

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 period, a meeting was organised by the CLG on 12 March 2009. Details of the CLG (including Membership and its Terms of Reference) and the meeting minutes can be found on the Project website (http://www.paffhk.com).

2.7                                      Summary of Non-Compliance with the Environmental Quality Performance Limits

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

2.8                                      Summary of Environmental Complaints

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

2.9                                      Summary of Environmental Summons

No summons was received in this reporting period. A statistical 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 7, 15 and 20 January 2009, 3 and 13 February 2009, and 4, 9, 16 and 26 March 2009. No non-compliances were found. Environmental deficiencies and follow-up actions/mitigation measures were identified during the inspections and summarised in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1 Environmental Deficiencies (Observations) from Site Inspections during Reporting Period

Reporting Month

Observation

Follow-up Action

January 2009

Stagnant water ponds were observed in the tank farm area

Contractor was reminded to arrange ad hoc water clearances as necessary.

General wastes near the operation building were observed to be full.

The Contractor was recommended to arrange collection of general wastes by a licensed Contractor as soon as possible.

Oil sheens were observed on the floor in the chemical storage area near the operational building.

The Contractor was recommended to clear spillages and to provide suitable spillage control measures as soon as possible.

Some lubricant oil containers were stored outside workshop without proper receptacle and not sealed.

The Contractor was reminded to replace bins and lids for temporary storage as soon as possible.

Construction waste and paper waste were piled up together without proper sorting and receptacle bins near the operation building.

The Contractor was reminded to replace bins for temporary storage as soon as possible.

February 2009

Unpaved areas were not water regularly

The Contractor was reminded to water regularly on the unpaved areas as well as during sediment excavation to avoid dust generation.

Stagnant water pools were observed outside site office and site entrance.

The Contractor was reminded to arrange ad hoc water clearance as necessary.

Empty waste oil containers were found outside operational building without proper receptacle.

The Contractor was reminded to replace bins for temporary storage as soon as possible.

General and construction wastes in the tank farm area were observed to be full.

The Contractor was recommended to arrange collection of general wastes by a licensed Contractor as soon as possible.

Oil sheens were observed on the lids of containers in the chemical storage areas.

The Contractor was recommended to clear spillages and to provide suitable spillage control measures as soon as possible.

March 2009

Unpaved areas were not water regularly

the Contractor was reminded to water regularly on the unpaved areas as well as during sediment excavation to avoid dust generation..

Stagnant water pools were observed inside chemical waste storage and around tank farm area.

The Contractor was reminded to arrange ad hoc water clearance as necessary.

Sediment plumes were observed in the seawall area near the operation building.

The Contractor was reminded to clear sediment tanks and oil-water interceptor regularly to avoid runoff of turbid water.

General and construction wastes such as wooden board were accumulated next to the temporary office without proper receptacle.

The Contractor was reminded to replace bins for temporary storage as soon as possible.

Waste drum in the chemical waste storage was not labelled.

The Contractor was recommended to label the containers with proper stickers.

Oil sheens were observed in the chemical storage areas.

The Contractor was recommended to clear spillages and to provide suitable spillage control measures as soon as possible.

Waste paper bin in the tank farm area was observed to be full.

The Contractor was recommended to arrange collection of general wastes by a licensed Contractor as soon as possible.

Chemical and waste oil drums were found near operation building without secondary containment.

The Contractor was reminded to replace drip trays as soon as possible.

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 E.

 

4                                            Environmental Monitoring

4.1                                      Air and Noise

Air and Noise monitoring was not required for the project.

4.2                                      Water Quality

In accordance to the EM&A Manual water quality monitoring from 1 January to 23 January 2009 alongside dredging activities. QA/QC reports for Suspended Solids testing and monitoring results have been presented in 27th Monthly EM&A Reports. Graphical presentations of the monitored parameter over the past four months (the last month of the previous quarter and the present quarter) are included in Annex F.

Results of the reporting period demonstrated that all measured turbidity, DO and SS levels of all Impact Stations were compliant with the AL Levels specified in the EM&A Manual.

4.3                                      POPs Monitoring

Biweekly monitoring of POPs in water samples was conducted on 10 January 2009. All POPs parameters were below detection limits. Monitoring results and QA/QC reports for POPs testing have been presented in 27th Monthly EM&A Reports.

4.4                                      Waste Management

According to EP Condition 3.3, the Contractors revised Waste Management Plan (Revision 5) (WMP), which has been certified by the ET and IEC, was submitted to the EPD on 5 November 2008.

4.5                                      Cultural Heritage

The Watching Brief Report, verified by the Independent Environmental Checker, was submitted to the EPD and AMO on 9 May 2008.

4.6                                      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 appeared to have vegetation grown during the project suspension period.

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

4.7                                      Land Contamination, Hazard to Life and Fuel Spill Risk

The ET and IEC verified updated design audit plan which was 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.

4.8                                      Ecology

Dolphin Visual Monitoring

In accordance with EM&A Manual, dolphin monitoring has been undertaken during dredging activities since 1 September 2008. During the reporting period, a total of 3 dolphin sightings were recorded. Appropriate action was taken in accordance with the EM&A Manual. The sighting locations and field records are presented in Annex G.

4.9                                      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 (POPs) during construction of the Project. Further comments were received from the EPD on 16 January 2009 and the ET has revised the Manual which has been verified by the IEC on 27 March 2009.

4.10                                  Baseline Water Quality Monitoring

The Final Baseline Monitoring Report was submitted to the EPD on 20 February 2008 and placed under the EIAO register.

 

5                                            Future Key Issues and Conclusion

5.1                                      Key Issues for the Next Reporting Period

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

         Dust release and suppression; and,

         Installation of subsea pipelines.

5.2                                      Impact Prediction for the Next Reporting Period

Provided that environmental mitigation measures including good on-site practises are properly implemented, no unacceptable adverse environmental impacts are expected.

5.3                                      Works and Monitoring Schedule for the Next Reporting Period

Work programme for the next reporting period includes:

         pipeline installation works;

         jetty platform works (non-piling); and,

         site works (construction works for tank farm, operational and fire services buildings, pump platform, drainages, bund wall, security wall etc).

Weekly site inspections will be undertaken in accordance with the EM&A Manual.

5.4                                      Conclusion

The EM&A works were conducted throughout the construction period and the relevant monitoring was conducted in accordance with the EPs requirements. Mitigation measures were used to minimise the environmental impacts, where appropriate. Some environmental deficiencies were observed during the site inspections and the Contractor implemented corrective action to mitigate the issues. Overall, the site was in an orderly manner.