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             General Publicity and Press

Media interest on environmental          ance to the proposed measures             of replacing diesel taxis with cleaner
issues continued to grow in 1997,        during a six-month consultation           taxis using the LPG fuel.
reflecting an improvement in public      exercise.
                                                                                   Incidents with an impact on the
awareness in the need to protect the
                                         Considerable efforts were also de-        environment were also given prom-
environment. During the year, the
                                         voted to publicise the need to reduce     inent coverage by the media. These
government spared no effort in
                                         vehicle emissions for the sake of         include instances when Air Pollu-
promoting such awareness in the
                                         better air quality. A short TV film       tion Index were unusually high,
community and initiating new poli-
                                         and Radio messages were produced          beach pollution incidents, and the
cies and measures in order to make
                                         to urge motorists to switch off their     seizure of contaminated computer
Hong Kong a better place to live and
                                         vehicle engines while waiting.            scraps from Australia.
work, as far as environmental stand-
ard is concerned.                        Media activities were organized to        During the year, the Environmental
                                         cover the introduction of Dynamo-         Protection Department handled
Publicity effort, including the pro-
                                         meters, the latest technology in          5,290 press enquiries, issued 222
duction of a short TV film and radio
                                         testing smoky vehicles, and the           press releases, organized 13 press
message, was mounted to publicise
                                         launching of a one-year trial on          conferences and briefings and
new initiatives set out in the Draft
                                         Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)             arranged 108 media interviews and
Waste Reduction Plan launched in
                                         taxis, aimed to try out the feasibility   four press visits.
April and to gauge public accept-

 Major Press Releases Issued in 1997
 Regular Press Releases:

     1. Monthly Air Quality Report
     2. Monthly Anti-pollution Prosecution Figures
     3. Monthly Advisory Council on the Environment Meeting Agenda
     4. Weekly Beach Water Quality Grading (from April to October)
     5. Release of Lists of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

 Other Press Releases (in Chronological Order) :

     1. Sewerage and road works planned for Tai Po
     2. Stranded waste to leave Hong Kong
     3. Environment council visits Chek Lap Kok and Sha Chau
     4. Stranded foreign waste goes home
     5. EPD to render new service for licence applications
     6. New video to introduce household waste separation
     7. Outlying Islands Transfer Facilities contract awarded
     8. Tsuen Wan Environmental Resource Centre contract awarded
     9. Government to tighten vehicle emission standards
     10. Environmental asbestos to be controlled
     11. Contracts to turn old landfills into valuable land
     12. Kwai Chung Incineration Plant closed

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      13. Plan to phase out noisy piling hammers gazetted
      14. More efforts to promote waste reduction
      15. Tuen Mun Beach water quality announced
      16. Applications for HCFCs free quota invited
      17. St Stephen’s Beach grading back to normal
      18. Normal beach water quality in Stanley and Tuen Mun
      19. New device to test vehicle smoke emissions
      20. EPD’s mobile environmental resource centre
      21. Signing of Tseung Kwan O Landfills Restoration Contract
      22. High APIs for the New Development Areas
      23. High APIs persisted in the territory
      24. Beware of bogus model hunter
      25. Potentially hazardous waste found in containers
      26. Illegal waste returned to Australia
      27. More sewerage facilities proposed for Tin Shui Wai
      28. Fleet managers sought for LPG taxi pilot scheme
      29. LPG taxi pilot scheme to start soon
      30. Sewerage system proposed for Tui Min Hoi
      31. Trunk sewer system proposed for Hung Shui Kiu
      32. Opening of Tsuen Wan Environmental Resource Centre
      33. CE visits Environmental Protection Department
      34. Island West Transfer Station opens
      35. High APIs expected in urban and industrial areas
      36. High APIs for urban and industrial areas