EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

I.      Introduction

This is the 17th Monthly EM&A Report prepared by Fugro Technical Services Limited for the Contract No. HY/2018/08 Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel. The Contract No. HY/2018/08 commenced on 19 September 2019. This report summarized the monitoring results and audits findings of the EM&A programme under the issued EP (EP No.: EP-457/2013/C) and in accordance with the EM&A Manual during the reporting period from 01/01/2021 to 31/01/2021.

 

II.      Summary of Main Works Undertaken and Key Measures Implemented

The main construction works carried out in the reporting period were as follow:

Ho Man Tin

·          Drill and Blast excavation;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft installation;

·          Erection of site office.

 

Yau Ma Tei

·          Drill and Blast excavation;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

Ma Tau Kok

·          Reinforcement for the access shaft;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

III.      Summary of Exceedances, Investigation and Follow-up

No Action and Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction dust monitoring in the reporting month.

 

Three (3) Action Level exceedances were recorded for construction noise due to the noise-related complaints. No Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction noise monitoring in the reporting month.

 

IV.      Complaint Handling, Prosecution and Public Engagement.

Three (3) noise-related complaints were received in the reporting month. The complaint cases in January 2021 are summarized in Table I.

 

Table I     Environmental Complaints Log

Complaint Log No.

Date of Complaint

Received From

Nature of Complaint

Status

EC041_CKRCT20200105_154

5th January 2021

 

Contract Complaint Hotline

Construction Noise

Investigation report was finalized on 27 January 2021

EC042_CKRCT20210107_156

7th January 2021

 

Contract Complaint Hotline

Construction Noise

Investigation report was finalized on 27 January 2021

EC043_CKRCT20210125_162

25th January 2021

Contract Complaint Hotline

Construction Noise

Under investigation and the investigation results will be reported in the subsequent Monthly EM&A Report.

 

No notification of summons and prosecutions were received in the reporting period.

 

No public engagement activities were conducted in the reporting period.

 

V.      Reporting Change

There were no reporting changes during the reporting month.

 

VI.      Future Key Issues

The main works will be anticipated in the next reporting period are as follow:

 

Ho Man Tin

·          Drill and Blast excavation;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft Installation;

·          Modification of noise;

·          Erection of site office.

 

Yau Ma Tei

·          Drill and break for pilot tunnel;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

Ma Tau Kok

·          Modification of access shaft cover;

·          Reinforcement for the access shaft;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

The recommended mitigation measures corresponding to the main works in the next reporting period are listed as follow:

·          Good relationship shall be maintained with the nearby sensitive receivers/ stakeholders which may be affected by the construction works such as providing better/ more detail information of the work nature and inform in advance of the works to the nearby residents;

·          Any excavated, stockpile of dusty material or load of dusty materials on a vehicle leaving a construction site should be covered entirely by impervious sheeting;

·          Loading/unloading activities should be carried out inside the full enclosure of mucking out points to minimize the noise emission;

·          All construction plants / machineries should be checked / serviced on a regular basis during the courses of construction to minimize the emission of noise generation and eliminate dark smoke emission;

·          All C&D materials generated should be transported and stored at temporary storage area. Suitable materials should be sorted for reuse on-site;

·          Every vehicle shall be cleaned thorough at the designated wheel washing area onsite;

·          Wastewater generated from drilling shall be properly collected for reuse or treated by wastewater treatment facilities before discharge;

·          Provision of drip trays for equipment likely cause spillage of chemical / fuel, and provide routine maintenance;

·          Erecting temporary noise barrier for noisy Powered Mechanical Equipment (PME) and deployment of Quality Powered Mechanical Equipment (QPME) as many as practicable;

·          Conditions in the Environmental Permit and License should be followed;

·          All recommended mitigation measures specified in the approved EIA Report and EM&A Manual shall be implemented.

 

The following EP submissions (EP-457/2013/C) were submitted during the reporting month:

 

 

Table II    Status of Required Submission under Environmental Permit

EP Condition

Submission

Submission Date

3.4

Monthly EM&A Report (December  2020)

14 January 2021

 

Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  iii

1.          INTRODUCTION   1

1.1       Background  1

1.2       Project Organization  2

1.3       Construction Programme and Activities  2

1.4       Works undertaken during the month  2

1.5       Status of Environmental Licences, Notification and Permits  2

2.         ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING REQUIREMENTS  4

2.1       Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Location  4

2.2       Construction Dust Monitoring  5

2.3       Construction Noise Monitoring  7

2.4       Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Schedule  9

2.5       The Action and Limit Levels  9

2.6       Landscape and Visual 9

3.         ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING RESULTS  10

3.1       Construction Dust Monitoring  10

3.2       Construction Noise Monitoring  10

3.3       Waste Management 12

3.4       Landscape and Visual 12

4.         ENVIRONMENTAL SITE INSPECTION AND AUDIT  13

5.         ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLAINT AND NON-COMPLIANCE  14

5.1       Complaint Handling, Prosecution and Public Engagement 14

5.2       Summary of Environmental Non-Compliance  14

5.3       Summary of Monitoring Exceedance  14

6.         IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION MEASURE  15

7.         FUTURE KEY ISSUES  16

8.         CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS  18


Tables

Table I – Environmental Complaints Log  ii

Table II – Status of Required Submission under Environmental Permit iii

Table 1.1 – Contact Information of Key Personnel 2

Table 1.2 – Environmental Licenses, Notification and Permits Summary  2

Table 2.1 – Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Location  3

Table 2.2 – Construction Dust Monitoring Equipment 3

Table 2.3 – Construction Noise Monitoring Parameters, Frequency and Duration  6

Table 2.4 – Construction Noise Monitoring Equipment 6

Table 3.1 – Summary of 1-hour TSP Monitoring Results in the Reporting Period  8

Table 3.2 – Summary of 24-hour TSP Monitoring Results in the Reporting Period  8

Table 3.3 – Summary of Construction Noise Monitoring Results in the Reporting Period  8

Table 4.1 – Observations and Recommendation of Site Inspection in the Reporting Period  10

Table 5.1 – Environmental Complaints Log  12

Table 6.1 – Status of Required Submission under Environmental Permit 14

Figures

Figure 1      The Site Layout Plan of the Contract 

Figure 2.1  The Location of the Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Stations

Figure 2.2  The Location of the Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Stations

Figure 2.3  The Location of the Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Stations

Appendices

Appendix A Construction Programme

Appendix B  Project Organization Chart

Appendix C  Calibration Certificate for Construction Dust Monitoring Equipment

Appendix D Calibration Certificate for Construction Noise Monitoring Equipment

Appendix E  Environmental Monitoring Schedule

Appendix F  Action and Limit Levels for Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring

Appendix G Construction Dust Monitoring Results and Meteorological Observations

Appendix H Construction Noise Monitoring Results

Appendix I   Event and Action Plan

Appendix J  Implementation Status of Environment Mitigation Measures (Construction Phase)

Appendix K  Cumulative Statistics on Exceedances, Complaints, Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

Appendix L  Waste Flow Table


1       INTRODUCTION

1.1       Background

1.1.1      In order to meet the traffic demand and relieve traffic congestion on the existing east-west roads across Central Kowloon, Central Kowloon Route (CKR) (hereinafter referred to as “the Project”) is proposed which is a 4.7 km long dual 3-lane trunk road in Central Kowloon linking Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with the road network on Kai Tak Development and Kowloon Bay in East Kowloon.

1.1.2      The Central Kowloon Route – Design and Construction Environmental Impact Assessment Report (Register No.: AEIAR-171/2013) was approved with conditions by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) on 11 July 2013. An Environmental Permit (EP-457/2013) was issued on 9 August 2013. Variations of EP (VEP) was subsequently applied for and the latest EP (EP-457/2013/C) was issued by EPD on 16 January 2017.

1.1.3      Contract No. HY/2018/08 Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel (hereinafter referred to as “the Contract”), is one of the contracts of CKR which included the construction of the central tunnel, cut-and-cover tunnels at Yau Ma Tei and Ma Tau Kok and construction of piles and diaphragm walls for Ho Man Tin ventilation building.

1.1.4      Fugro Technical Services Limited (FTS) was appointed by Bouygues Travaux Publics (BTP) as the Environmental Team (ET) under the Contract no. HY/2018/08) to execute the environmental monitoring and audit (EM&A) programme under the issued EP (EP No.: EP-457/2013/C) and in accordance with the EM&A Manual.

1.1.5      This is the 17th Monthly EM&A Report prepared by FTS for the Contract No. HY/2018/08 Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel. The Contract No. HY/2018/08 commenced on 19 September 2019. This report summarized the monitoring results and audits findings of the EM&A programme under the issued EP (EP No.: EP-457/2013/C) and in accordance with the EM&A Manual during the reporting period from 01/01/2021 to 31/01/2021.

 

1.2      Project Organization

1.2.1      The Project Organization structure is shown in Appendix B. The key personnel contact names and numbers are summarized in Table 1.1.

Table 1.1                 Contact Information of Key Personnel

Party

Position

Name

Telephone

Highways Department (HyD)

E13/CKR

Mr. Joe Lam

2762 3380

Arup-Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AMMJV)

Senior Resident Engineer

Mr. Ben Poon

3619 5967

ERM-Hong Kong, Limited (ERM)

Independent Environmental Checker (IEC)

Ms. Mandy To

2271 3000

Bouygues Travaux Publics (BTP)

Environmental Manager

Mr. Simon Wong

9281 4346

Fugro Technical Services Limited

ET Leader

Mr. David Hung

3565 4371

 

1.3      Construction Programme and Activities

1.3.1      The construction phase of this Contract under the EP commenced in October 2019. The site layout plan of the Contract is shown in Figure 1.

1.3.2      The construction programme of this Contract is shown in Appendix A.

1.4      Works undertaken during the month

1.4.1      The main construction works carried out in the reporting period were as follow:

Ho Man Tin

·          Drill and Blast excavation;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft installation;

·          Erection of site office.

 

Yau Ma Tei

·          Drill and Blast excavation;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

Ma Tau Kok

·          Reinforcement for the access shaft;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

1.5      Status of Environmental Licences, Notification and Permits

1.5.1      A summary of the relevant permits, licenses and/or notifications on environmental protection for this Contract is presented in Table 1.2.

 

Table 1.2                 Environmental Licenses, Notification and Permits Summary

Permit/ Notification/ License

Reference No

Valid From

Valid Till

Form NB

448930, 448970, 448971

Mid-Sep 2019

NA

Billing Account for Disposal of C&D waste

Account no. 7034790

6 Aug 2019

NA

Chemical Waste Producer Registration

5111-236-B2557-02

25 Sep 2019

NA

Construction Noise Permit

(Ho Man Tin Construction site)

GW-RE1128-20

1 Jan 2021

31 Mar 2021

Construction Noise Permit

(Yau Ma Tei Construction site)

GW-RE1069-20

8 Dec 2020

7 Feb 2021

Construction Noise Permit

(Ma Tau Kok Construction site)

GW-RE1102-20

4 Jan 2021

3 Mar 2021

Water Discharge License

WT00034873-2019

22 Nov 2019

30 Nov 2024

WT00035436-2019

2 Apr 2020 

30 Apr 2025 

 

2      ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING REQUIREMENTS

2.1      Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Locations

2.1.1      Three construction dust monitoring locations and five construction noise monitoring locations pertinent to the Project have been identified based on the approved EM&A Manual for the Project. The locations of the construction dust and noise monitoring stations are summarized in Table 2.1 as displayed in Figures 2.1 and 2.3.

 

Table 2.1                              Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Locations

Dust Monitoring Station ID

Noise Monitoring Station ID

Monitoring Location

M-A3

M-N3

SKH Tsoi Kung Po Secondary School

/

E-N12a

19 Hing Yan Street

E-A14a

E-N21a

Block B of Merit Industrial Centre

W-A6

/

Man Cheong building

/

W-N18

Hydan Place

/

W-N25A

Prosperous Garden Block 1

Notes:

1. The dust and noise monitoring stations proposed in the EM&A Manual for M-A6/ M-N6 (i.e. Ko Fai House, Kwun Fai Court) was not available for impact dust and noise monitoring, therefore impact monitoring was conducted at M-A3/ M-N3 as an alternative which was agreed by the ER, IEC and EPD;

2. The noise monitoring station proposed in the EM&A Manual for M-N12 (i.e. Grand Waterfront Tower 3) was not available for impact dust and noise monitoring, therefore impact monitoring was conducted at M-N12a as an alternative which was agreed by the ER, IEC and EPD;

3. The dust and noise monitoring stations proposed in the EM&A Manual for M-A14 (i.e. Wyler Gardens) and M-N21 (i.e Hang Chien Court Block J) was not available for impact dust and noise monitoring, therefore impact monitoring was conducted at E-A14a/ E-N21a as an alternative which was agreed by the ER, IEC and EPD;

4. The dust  monitoring stations proposed in the EM&A Manual for W-A5 (i.e. The Coronation) was not available for impact dust monitoring, therefore impact monitoring was conducted at W-A6 as an alternative which was agreed by the ER, IEC and EPD.

 

2.1.2      The construction dust and noise monitoring locations at M-A3 and M-N3 are covered by Contract No. HY/2018/08 Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel whereas the construction dust and noise monitoring locations at E-A14a, E-N12a and E-N21a are now covered by Contract No. HY/2014/07 Central Kowloon Route – Kai Tak West. The monitoring results at E-A14a, E-N12a and E-N21a in the reporting month are presented in the monthly EM&A Report prepared by Contract No. HY/2014/07.

 

2.1.3      The construction dust and noise monitoring locations at W-A6, W-N18 and W-N25A are now covered by Contract No. HY/2014/08 Central Kowloon Route –Yau Ma Tei East. The monitoring results at W-A6, W-N18 and W-N25A in the reporting month are presented in the monthly EM&A Report prepared by Contract No. HY/2014/08.

 


 

2.2      Construction Dust Monitoring

Monitoring Requirement

2.2.1      In accordance with the approved EM&A Manual, 1-hour and 24-hour Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) levels should be measured at the designated air quality monitoring stations to indicate the impacts of construction dust on air quality. Regular Impact 24-hour TSP monitoring should be carried out for at least once every 6 days, and 1-hour TSP monitoring should be done at least 3 times every 6 days when the highest dust impact occurs.

 

Monitoring Equipment

2.2.2      24-hour TSP air quality monitoring was performed using High Volume Sampler (HVS) deployed at the designated monitoring station. The HVS shall meet all the requirements of the EM&A Manual.

2.2.3      A portable direct reading dust meter was used to carry out the 1-hour TSP monitoring.

2.2.4      The model of the dust monitoring equipment used is summarized in Table 2.2.

Table 2.2                 Construction Dust Monitoring Equipment

Equipment

Brand

Model

Serial No.

High Volume Sampler

(24-hour TSP)

Tisch

TE-5170

4388

Calibrator

Tisch

TE-5025A

2154

Portable direct reading dust meter (1-hour TSP)

Sibata

LD-5R

620480


Monitoring Methodology for HVS

2.2.5      The following guidelines were adopted during the installation of HVS:

 

·              Sufficient support is provided to secure the samplers against gusty wind.

·              No two samplers are placed less than 2 meters apart.

·              The distance between the sampler and an obstacle, such as buildings, is at least twice the height that the obstacle protrudes above the sampler.

·              A minimum of 2 meters of separation from walls, parapets and penthouses is required for rooftop samples.

·              A minimum of 2 meters separation from any supporting structure, measured horizontally is required.

·              No furnaces or incineration flues are nearby.

·              Airflow around the samplers is unrestricted.

·              The samplers are more than 20 meters from the drip line.

·              Any wire fence and gate, to protect the sampler, should not cause any obstruction during monitoring.

·              Permission must be obtained to set up the samplers and to obtain access to the monitoring stations.

·              A secured supply of electricity is needed to operate the samplers.

2.2.6      Prior to the commencement of the dust sampling, the flow rate of the high volume sampler shall be properly set. The power supply should be checked to ensure the proper functioning of the sampler. The sampler is recommended to be operated for 5 minutes to establish thermal equilibrium before placing any filter media at the designated air monitoring station.

2.2.7      The filter holding frame should be removed by loosening the four nuts and placing carefully a weighted and conditioned filter at the centre with the stamped number upwards on a supporting screen.

2.2.8      The filter should be aligned on the screen so that the gasket formed an airtight seal on the outer edges of the filter. The filter holding frame should be tightened to the filter holder with swing bolts. The applied pressure should be sufficient to avoid air leakage at the edges.

2.2.9      A programmed timer should be used to control the duration of operation. Information should be recorded on the record sheet, which included the starting time, the weather condition and the filter number.

2.2.10    After sampling process is finished, the filter should be removed and sent to the laboratory for weighting. The elapsed time should also be recorded.

2.2.11    All filters should be equilibrated in a conditioning environment for 24 hours before weighting. The conditioning environment temperature should be between 25°C and 30°C and not vary by more than ±3°C; the relative humidity (RH) should be <50% and not vary by more than ±5%. A convenient working RH is 40%.


Maintenance and Calibration for HVS

2.2.12    The high volume motors and their accessories should be properly maintained, including routine motor brushes replacement and electrical wiring checking, to ensure that the equipment and a continuous power supply were in good working condition.

2.2.13    Initial calibration of dust monitoring equipment shall be conducted upon installation and thereafter at fortnightly intervals. The transfer standard shall be traceable to the internationally recognized primary standard and be calibrated annually. The calibration certificate for the HVS is provided in Appendix C.

Monitoring Methodology for Direct Reading Dust Meter

2.2.14    Portable Laser Particle Photometer Monitors should be operated in accordance with the Manufacturer’s instruction Manual as below:

 

a) Pulling up the air sampling inlet cover

b) Changing the Mode 0 to BG

c) Pressing Start/Stop switch

d) Turning the knob to SENSI.ADJ and press it

e) Pressing Start/Stop switch again

f) Returning the knob to the position MEASURE slowly

g) Pressing the timer set switch to set measuring time

h) Removing the cap and start the measurement

 

Maintenance and Calibration for Direct Reading Dust Meter

2.2.15    ET shall submit sufficient information to the IEC to prove that the instrument is capable of achieving comparable results to the HVS. The instrument should also be calibrated regularly, and the 1-hour sampling shall be determined periodically by the HVS to check the validity and accuracy of the results measured by direct reading method. The calibration certificate for the direct reading dust meter is provided in Appendix C.

2.3      Construction Noise Monitoring

Monitoring Requirement

2.3.1      In accordance with the EM&A Manual, impact noise monitoring should be conducted at the designated noise monitoring stations for at least once a week during the construction phase of the Project. The parameters, frequency and duration of impact noise monitoring is summarized in Table 2.3.

 

Table 2.3                 Construction Noise Monitoring Parameters, Frequency and Duration

Parameter

Duration

Frequency

A-weighted equivalent continuous sound pressure level (Leq). L10 and L90 were also recorded

30 minutes

At least once per week

 


Monitoring Equipment

2.3.2      Noise monitoring was performed using sound level meter at the designated monitoring station. The sound level meters deployed comply with the International Electrotechnical Commission Publications 651:1979 (Type 1) and 804:1985 (Type 1) specifications. Acoustic calibrator was deployed to check the sound level meters at a known sound pressure level.

2.3.3      The model of the noise monitoring equipment used is summarized in Table 2.4.

Table 2.4                 Construction Noise Monitoring Equipment

Equipment

Brand

Model

Serial No.

Acoustic Calibrator

Casella

CEL-120/1

5230736

Sound Level Meter

Casella

CEL-63X

3576127

 

Monitoring Methodology

2.3.4      Noise measurement should be conducted as the following procedures:

 

a) Free field measurements was made at monitoring location M-N3. A correction of +3 dB(A) shall be made to the free field measurements.

b) The battery condition should be checked to ensure good functioning of the meter.

c) Parameters such as frequency weighting, the time weighting and the measurement time should set as follow:

 

(i)      Frequency weighting: A

(ii)     Time weighting: Fast

(iii)    Measurement time: 30 minutes

 

d) Prior to and after noise measurement, the meter shall be calibrated using the calibrator for 94.0 dB at 1000 Hz. If the difference in the calibration level before and after measurement is more than 1.0 dB, the measurement will be considered invalid and repeat of noise measurement is required after re-calibration or repair of the equipment.

e) The wind speed at the monitoring station shall be checked with the portable wind meter. Noise monitoring should be cancelled in the presence of fog, rain, and wind with a steady speed exceeding 5 m/s, or wind with gusts exceeding 10 m/s.

f) Noise measurement should be paused during periods of high intrusive noise if possible and observation shall be recorded when intrusive noise is not avoided.

g) At the end of the monitoring period, the Leq, L10 and L90 should be recorded. In addition, site conditions and noise sources should also be recorded on a standard record sheet.

 

Maintenance and Calibration

2.3.5      Maintenance and calibration procedures should also be carried out, including:

a) The microphone head of the sound level meter and calibrator should be cleaned with a soft cloth at quarterly intervals.

b) The sound level meter and calibrator should be calibrated annually by a HOKLAS laboratory or the manufacturer.

The calibration certificates for noise monitoring equipment are provided in Appendix D

 

2.4     Construction Dust and Noise Monitoring Schedule

2.4.1      The environmental monitoring schedule for the reporting period is provided in Appendix E.

 

2.5      The Action and Limit Levels

2.5.1      The Action and Limit Levels for construction dust and noise monitoring are provided in Appendix F.

 

2.6     Landscape and Visual

2.6.1      As per the EM&A Manual, the landscape and visual mitigation measures shall be implemented and site inspections should be undertaken once every two weeks during the construction period. A summary of the implementation status is presented in Section 4.


3      ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING RESULTS

3.1      Construction Dust Monitoring

3.1.1      The monitoring results for 1-hour TSP and 24-hour TSP are summarized in Table 3.1 and Table 3.2 respectively. Detailed construction dust monitoring results and daily extract of meteorological observations are presented in Appendix G.

3.1.2      The monitoring results at E-A14a and W-A6 are reported in the monthly EM&A Reports prepared by Contract No. HY/2014/07 and Contract No. HY/2014/08 respectively.

Table 3.1                 Summary of 1-hour TSP Monitoring Results in the Reporting Period

Station ID

Average (µg/m3)

Range (µg/m3)

Action Level (µg/m3)

Limit Level (µg/m3)

M-A3

55

50-60

333

500

 

Table 3.2                 Summary of 24-hour TSP Monitoring Results in the Reporting Period

Station ID

Average (µg/m3)

Range (µg/m3)

Action Level (µg/m3)

Limit Level (µg/m3)

M-A3

92

72-111

153

260

 

3.1.3      No Action and Limit Level exceedance was recorded for 1-hour TSP monitoring and 24-hour TSP monitoring at the monitoring location in the reporting month.

3.1.4      Major dust sources during the monitoring included nearby traffic emission.

3.1.5      The Event and Action Plan for the construction dust monitoring is given in Appendix I.

 

3.2      Construction Noise Monitoring

3.2.1      The monitoring results for noise are summarized in Table 3.3 and the monitoring data is given in Appendix H.

3.2.2      The monitoring results at E-N12a, E-N21a, W-N18 and W-N25A are reported in the monthly EM&A Reports prepared by Contract No. HY/2014/07 and Contract No. HY/2014/08 respectively.


Table 3.3                 Summary of Construction Noise Monitoring Results in the Reporting Period

Station ID

1Measured Noise Level, dB(A), Leq (30 mins)

2Corrected Noise Level, dB(A), Leq (30 mins)

Action Level

3Limit Level dB(A), Leq (30 mins)

M-N3

64.8-69.2

63.7

When one documented compliant is received

For Schools:

70dB(A) during normal teaching period and 65 dB(A) during examination periods

Notes:    

1.     Free field noise levels were adjusted with a correlation of +3 dB(A); Corrected Noise Level =10* log (10^   (Measured Noise Level/10) – 10^ (Baseline Noise Level/10));

2.     Corrected Noise Level was applied on 26 Jan 2021;

3.     The Limit Level was 70 dB(A) for teaching period (from 1 to 12 Jan 2021) and 65 dB(A) for examination period (from 13 to 31 Jan 2021)

 

3.2.3      No Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction noise monitoring at the monitoring location in the reporting month. 

3.2.4      Three (3) Action Level exceedances were recorded for construction noise due to the noise-related complaints received in the reporting month.

3.2.5      Major noise sources during the monitoring included nearby traffic emission.

3.2.6      The Event and Action Plan for the construction noise monitoring is given in Appendix I.

 

3.3      Waste Management

3.3.1      Auditing of waste management practices during regular site inspections confirmed that the waste generated during construction were properly, stored, handled and disposed of in general. The Contractor was responsible for the implementation of any mitigation measures to reduce waste or redress issues arising from the waste materials.

3.3.2      The implemented environmental mitigation measures for the waste management in the reporting period are summarized in Appendix J. The summary of observations and recommendations made for waste management during the site inspections are presented in Table 4.1

3.3.3      Monthly summary of waste flow table is detailed in Appendix L.

 

3.4     Landscape and Visual

3.4.1      Bi-weekly inspection of the implementation of landscape and visual mitigation measures were conducted on 26 January 2021. The implementation the landscape and visual mitigation measures in the reporting period are summarized in Appendix J. The summary of observations and recommendations made for landscape and visual mitigation measures during the site inspections are presented in Table 4.1.

3.4.2      The Event and Action Plan for landscape and visual during construction phase is given in Appendix I.

 


4     ENVIRONMENTAL SITE INSPECTION AND AUDIT

4.1.1      Site inspections were carried out on a weekly basis to monitor the implementation of proper environmental pollution control and mitigation measures for the Project. A summary of the mitigation measures implementation status is provided in Appendix J.

4.1.2      In the reporting month, two site inspections were carried out on 5 and 26 (with IEC) January 2021. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in CKRCT site on 8 January 2021, the weekly site walk on 12 and 19 January 2021 were cancelled. Details of observations recorded during the site inspections are presented in Table 4.1.

Table 4.1                 Observations and Recommendation of Site Inspection in the Reporting Period

Environmental Aspect

Date

Observations and Recommendations

Follow-up Actions

Air Quality

Nil

Nil

Nil

Noise

Nil

Nil

Nil

Water Quality

Nil

Nil

Nil

Waste Management

Nil

Nil

Nil

Landscape and Visual

Nil

Nil

Nil

Permit/ Licenses

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

5      ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLAINT AND NON-COMPLIANCE

5.1      Complaint Handling, Prosecution and Public Engagement

5.1.1                  No environmental related prosecutions or notification of summons were received in the reporting period.

5.1.2                 Three (3) noise-related complaints were received in the reporting month. The complaint cases in January 2021 are summarized in Table 5.1.

Table 5.1                 Environmental Complaints Log

Complaint Log No.

Date of Complaint

Received From

Nature of Complaint

Status

EC041_CKRCT20200105_154

5th January 2021

 

Contract Complaint Hotline

Construction Noise

Investigation report was finalized on 27 January 2021

EC042_CKRCT20210107_156

7th January 2021

 

Contract Complaint Hotline

Construction Noise

Investigation report was finalized on 27 January 2021

EC043_CKRCT20210125_162

25th January 2021

Contract Complaint Hotline

Construction Noise

Under investigation and the investigation results will be reported in the subsequent Monthly EM&A Report.

5.1.3                 Cumulative complaint log, summaries of complaints, notification of summons and successful prosecutions are presented in Appendix K.

5.1.4                 No public engagement activities were conducted in the reporting period.

 

5.2      Summary of Environmental Non-Compliance

5.2.1                 No environmental non-compliance was recorded in the reporting period

5.3      Summary of Monitoring Exceedance

5.3.1                 Three (3) Action Level exceedances were recorded for construction noise due to the noise-related complaint received in the reporting month. No Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction noise monitoring in the reporting month.

5.3.2                No Action and Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction dust monitoring in the reporting month.

 

6      IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION MEASURE

6.1.1      The Contractor had implemented environmental mitigation measures and requirements as stated in the EIA Report, the EP and EM&A Manual. The implementation status of the environmental mitigation measures during the reporting period is summarized in Appendix J. Status of required submissions under the EP during the reporting period is summarised in Table 6.1.

Table 6.1                 Status of Required Submission under Environmental Permit

EP Condition

Submission

Submission Date

3.4

Monthly EM&A Report (December  2020)

14 January 2021


7      FUTURE KEY ISSUES

7.1.1      The main works will be anticipated in the next reporting period are as follow:

Ho Man Tin

·          Drill and Blast excavation;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft Installation;

·          Modification of noise;

·          Erection of site office.

 

Yau Ma Tei

·          Drill and break for pilot tunnel;

·          Mucking out from tunnel;

·          Site and shaft installation.

 

Ma Tau Kok

·          Modification of access shaft cover;

·          Reinforcement for the access shaft;

·          Site and shaft installation.

7.1.2      The recommended mitigation measures corresponding to the main works in the next reporting period are listed as follow:

·          Good relationship shall be maintained with the nearby sensitive receivers/ stakeholders which may be affected by the construction works such as providing better/ more detail information of the work nature and inform in advance of the works to the nearby residents;

·          Any excavated, stockpile of dusty material or load of dusty materials on a vehicle leaving a construction site should be covered entirely by impervious sheeting;

·          Loading/unloading activities should be carried out inside the full enclosure of mucking out points to minimize the noise emission;

·          All construction plants / machineries should be checked / serviced on a regular basis during the courses of construction to minimize the emission of noise generation and eliminate dark smoke emission;

·          All C&D materials generated should be transported and stored at temporary storage area. Suitable materials should be sorted for reuse on-site;

·          Every vehicle shall be cleaned thorough at the designated wheel washing area onsite;

·          Wastewater generated from drilling shall be properly collected for reuse or treated by wastewater treatment facilities before discharge;

·          Provision of drip trays for equipment likely cause spillage of chemical / fuel, and provide routine maintenance;

·          Erecting temporary noise barrier for noisy Powered Mechanical Equipment (PME) and deployment of Quality Powered Mechanical Equipment (QPME) as many as practicable;

·          Conditions in the Environmental Permit and License should be followed;

·          All recommended mitigation measures specified in the approved EIA Report and EM&A Manual shall be implemented.

 

7.1.3      The environmental monitoring schedule for the next reporting month is provided in Appendix E.


 

8      CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

8.1.1      The 17th Monthly EM&A Report for the Contract No. HY/2018/08 Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel summarized the monitoring results and audits findings of the EM&A programme under the issued EP (EP No.: EP-457/2013/C) and in accordance with the EM&A Manual during the reporting period from 01/01/2021 to 31/01/2021.

8.1.2      Construction dust (including 1-hour and 24-hour TSP) and noise monitoring were carried out in the reporting period.

8.1.3      Three (3) Action Level exceedances were recorded for construction noise due to the noise-related complaint received in the reporting month. No Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction noise monitoring in the reporting month. No Action and Limit Level exceedance was recorded for construction dust monitoring in the reporting month.

8.1.4      Weekly environmental site inspections were conducted during the reporting period. In general, the Contractor had implemented environmental mitigation measures and requirements as stated in the EIA Report, the EP and EM&A Manual.

8.1.5      Three (3) noise-related complaints were received respectively on 5, 7 and 25 January 2021 via the complaint hotline of the contractor. The investigation reports of 5 and 7 were finalized on 27 January 2021. The investigation report of  25 January 2021 was under investigation and the  investigation  results  will  be  reported  in  the  subsequent  Monthly  EM&A  Report.

8.1.6      No environmental related prosecutions or notification of summons were received in the reporting period.

8.1.7      No environmental non-compliance was recorded in the reporting period.

8.1.8      According to the environmental site inspections performed in the reporting month, the following recommendations were provided:

Air Quality Impact

·          No specific observation was identified in the reporting month.

 

Construction Noise Impact

·          No specific observation was identified in the reporting month.

 

Water Quality Impact

·          No specific observation was identified in the reporting month.

 

Waste Management

·          No specific observation was identified in the reporting month.

 

Landscape and Visual Impact

·          No specific observation was identified in the reporting month.

 

Permit/ Licenses

·          No specific observation was identified in the reporting month.

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