Shenzhen's mayor is seeking action after some city residents complained about smells from garbage dumps on the Hong Kong side of the border.
Speaking after a National People's Congress meeting in Shenzhen yesterday, Xu Qin said officials on both sides of the border have been in contact on the issue. He recently voiced concern to Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
In fact, Xu said, the response from Hong Kong was positive, and a working group could be set up if necessary.
That could happen in the wake of a group of NPC deputies in Shenzhen signing a petition against a proposed expansion of the dump in Tuen Mun.
"I informed Lam that Shenzhen citizens, NPC deputies and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference members in Shenzhen and Shenzhen authorities have been concerned over the construction of environmental facilities," Xu added.
A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Department said there are environmental impact assessments on extending the Tuen Mun and Ta Kwu Ling dumps, referred to as landfills.
"The assessment results confirmed that the environmental mitigation measures of the two landfill extension plans could safeguard the environment of the immediate surrounding areas and meet all relevant standards and guidelines," she claimed.
Dialogue with Shenzhen authorities will continue, she added. EDDIE LUK