The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) was said to have mobilized its more than 1,200 employees to send letters to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to assert that the planned third runway will not harm the environment, Apple Daily reported Friday, citing Hong Kong In-media.
The EPD is consulting the public until July 19 on its environment evaluation report on the runway. The airport authority’s move is aimed at pushing for passage of the report.
The authority told its employees through emails that there should be as many supportive opinions as possible to support the report and demand its passage without any condition. In the email, it instructed employees how they can submit their opinions and attached samples of opinions that they may copy.
One sample states that the EPD should waste no more time on meaningless discussions and arguments, adding that people are fed up with groundless criticisms presented by different environmental groups or so-called opinion leaders. The AA declined to comment.
Samuel Hung, chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society which has been against the construction of the runway, said AA’s move was an insidious effort to railroad the proposal.
Meanwhile, the environmental group Friends of the Earth charged that the EPD evaluation report underestimated the potential air pollution that will be created once the third runway is finished. It also said the plan to build a man-made island near Lantau does not put the issues of air pollution and traffic into consideration, the report said.
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