1.                      Introduction

1.1                     Background

1.1.1       Not applicable.

Hong Kong Link Road

1.1.2       Not applicable.

1.1.3       Not applicable.

1.1.4       Not applicable.

Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities

1.1.5A    An application (No ESB-183/2008) for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study Brief under Section 5(1) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) was submitted by Highways Department (hereafter referred to as “the Project Proponent”) on 12 March 2008 with a Project Profile (No. PP-346/2008) for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF, hereafter referred to as “the Project”), which is a “Designated Project” under Schedule 2 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) (Cap. 499). EPD issued an EIA Study Brief (No: ESB-183/2008) on April 2008 to the Project Proponent to carry out an EIA study.

1.1.6A    An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report together with an EM&A Manual (hereafter referred to as the “approved EM&A Manual”) (Register No. AEIAR-145/2009) was prepared for the Project and approved by Environmental Protection Department (EPD) on 23 October 2009.

1.1.7A    An Environmental Permit (EP) for the construction and operation of the Project was first issued on 4 November 2009 and subsequently varied. The current version (No. EP-353/2009/K) was issued on 11 April 2016. These documents are available through the EIAO Register.

1.1.8A   This Contract Specific Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) Manual is prepared for “Contract No. HY/2019/01 Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities – Phase 2 and Other Works” (hereafter referred to as “the Contract”) for the Highways Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. The Contract, which is part of the HKBCF Project, was awarded to China Harbour Engineering Co. Limited (hereafter referred to as “the Contractor”) and Fugro Technical Services Limited was appointed as the Environmental Team (ET) by the Contractor.

1.2                    Purposes of the Manual

1.2.1A    The purposes of this Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) Manual are to:

n   Guide the setup of an EM&A programme to ensure compliance with the EIA recommendations;

n   Specify the requirements for monitoring equipment;

n   Propose environmental monitoring points, monitoring frequency etc.;

n   Propose Action/Limit Level;

n   Propose Event/Action Plan; and

n   Assess the effectiveness of the recommended mitigation measures.

1.2.2A    This Manual outlines the monitoring and audit programme for the construction and operation of the proposed Hong Kong Link Road (HKLR) and HKBCF and provide systematic procedures for monitoring, auditing and minimising environmental impacts.

1.2.3       Hong Kong environmental regulations and the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines (HKPSG) have served as environmental standards and guidelines in the preparation of this Manual. In addition, this EM&A Manual has been prepared in accordance with the requirements stipulated in Annex 21 of the Technical Memorandum on the EIA Process (TM-EIAO).

1.2.4A    This Manual contains the following information:

n   Responsibilities of the Contractor, the Project Manager, Supervisor or their representative (ER), Environmental Team (ET), and the Independent Environmental Checker (IEC) under the context of EM&A;

n   Role of the Environmental Protection Office (ENPO);

n   Project organisation for the EM&A works;

n   The basis for, and description of the broad approach underlying the EM&A programme;

n   Details of the methodologies to be adopted, including all laboratories and analytical procedures, and details on quality assurance and quality control programme;

n   The rationale on which the environmental monitoring data will be evaluated and interpreted;

n   Definition of Action and Limit levels;

n   Establishment of Event and Action plans;

n   Requirements for reviewing pollution sources and working procedures required in the event of non-compliance with the environmental criteria and complaints; and

n   Requirements for presentation of environmental monitoring and audit data and appropriate reporting procedures.

n   Requirements for reviewing the EIA predictions and the effectiveness of mitigations measures, environmental management system and the EM&A programme.

1.2.5A    For the purpose of this manual, the ER shall refer to the Project Manager as defined in the Construction Contract, in cases where the Project Manager's powers have been delegated to the ER, in accordance with the Construction Contract. The ET leader, who shall be responsible for and in charge of the ET, shall refer to the person delegated the role of executing the environmental monitoring and audit requirements.