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Clean-up inspection conducted

August 08, 2017
Pollution mitigation

Pollution mitigation:  Under Secretary for the Environment Tse Chin-wan (second left) inspects the palm oil clean-up on Lamma Island.

Under Secretary for the Environment Tse Chin-wan today inspected two beaches on Lamma Island affected by the palm oil spill.

 

He was briefed on the progress of clean up work at Hung Shing Yeh Beach and Nga Kau Wan.

 

He was told that while Turtle Cove and Deep Water Bay beaches were closed for safety reasons, the overall amount of palm oil floating in Hong Kong waters is gradually decreasing.

 

Government departments will continue cleaning up the palm oil to minimise its impact on the environment and the public.

 

The Environmental Protection Department has been collecting water samples from affected beaches.

 

Test results have found the oil content of the samples remains at a low level, with the oil content of more than 90% of the samples below the detection limit.

 

The department will keep collecting samples from these beaches every day for testing, and will recommend reopening them in phases when water quality is confirmed to be safe.

 

As at noon today, 93 tonnes of palm oil had been recovered.



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