A lawmaker is accusing the government of letting off illegal dumpsite operators with warning letters instead of prosecuting them for potential planning violations.
Labor Party legislator Lee Cheuk-yan wants loopholes in existing laws plugged to make offenders accountable for their actions, Apple Daily reports.
He wants the government to investigate illegal dumpsites and deal with their owners and related parties severely.
Lee was reacting to a report that an illegal landfill in Tin Shui Wai the size of two football fields and as tall as a four-story building could collapse and cause a massive landslide.
The dumpsite adjoins two recreational sites — Hong Kong Wetland Park and Mingle Farm — and continues to expand, the report said, citing residents of nearby Kingswood Villas.
Lee said all excavation trucks and earth movers should be required to have GPS tracking systems to enable monitoring of their activities.
The Planning Department, which conducted an investigation into the Tin Shui Wai dumpsite in January after numerous complaints, said the site is registered as a conservation area and recreation zone under the Town Planning Board.
A man who claimed to be the manager of the dumpsite told reporters it will be turned into a golf course which he said is allowed under its land use registration.
However, no record of such plans have been filed with the government, Apple Daily said, citing its own investigation.
The Planning Department said it is investigating if the dumpsite violates the Town Planning Ordinance.
The Environmental Protection Department said there is no evidence the dumpsite is in breach of waste disposal regulations.
Tin Shui Wai dumpsite raises fears of massive landslide (March 7, 2016)
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