Date
22 May 2017
Some children from Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate have been found with excessive lead in their blood. Others are from Hung Hom Estate and Kwai Luen Estate Phase 2. They are under eight years old, with one just a year old. Photo: HKEJ
Some children from Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate have been found with excessive lead in their blood. Others are from Hung Hom Estate and Kwai Luen Estate Phase 2. They are under eight years old, with one just a year old. Photo: HKEJ

Housing tenders halted after children test for excess lead

Tenders for two public housing projects have been suspended after eight more children were found to have excessive lead in their blood in a widening water contamination scandal.

The projects — a public housing complex in Sha Tin’s Shek Mun Estate and a Home Ownership Scheme development in Tin Shui Wai and Mui Wo — are expected to supply 6,132 flats.

Director of Housing Stanley Ying said the decision was taken because four of their main contractors are embroiled in the lead contamination scandal that has swept several public housing estates.

These include state-owned China State Construction International Holdings Ltd. (03311.HK).

Blood samples from 10 housing estates affected by lead contamination found eight children with lead levels between 5.06 and 9.11 micrograms per 100 millilitres, above the safety limit, according to Metro Daily.  

The children, all under eight years old and one just a year old, are from Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate, Hung Hom Estate and Kwai Luen Estate Phase 2.

Five other estates in the latest tests had lead levels within World Health Organization standards.

These are Sau Mau Ping South Estate, Yau Lai Estate and Lam Tin Estate in Kwun Tong, Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate and Shek Mun Estate Phase 1 in Sha Tin.

The government expects to finish tests in estates completed after 2005 by September.

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