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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:39 pm 
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I am writing to ask you if you have done any research into the effects of the Lamma Island Power Plant? I ask because I am considering moving to Lamma Island, and after doing research on the power plant, I could not find anything in English mentioning whether it is safe to live on the island or not. Given the amount of pollution coal-fired power plants cause in places like China and Korea, I am concerned about the effects of the Power Plant on Lamma's ecology (natural and human), and want to make sure I am aware of the effects of this plant in particular, before considering moving there. Do you know of any reports or research on the Lamma Power Plant that you could send me?

Thank you very much for your response.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:26 am 
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Environmental standards are much higher than in China.
The environment is safer and cleaner than any urban part of HK. The plant has high chimneys, the smoke and pollution isn't local.
There are a handful of small delivery trucks, no other vehicles, so no roadside pollution.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:12 pm 
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Thanks a lot for your reply. I am very interested to take a closer look at "environmental standards" and compare. For me it looks like the plant is mainly a coal-fired power plant, therefore I am specifically interested to get to know which kind of filters are installed, how efficient they work, and if there are any long term surveys available about the impact of the plant to the environment. Please see link below. Does anybody know accessible data? I would really appreciate advice.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... ear-waste/


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:37 am 
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Look at HKE's website for info about the plant: https://www.hkelectric.com/en/our-opera ... generation
https://www.hkelectric.com/en/MediaReso ... S_2014.pdf : page 12 "Comprehensive Environmental Protection Measures"

The air on Lamma is better than 90% of Hong Kong. Stand on a hilltop and you can see the brown smog over HK Island and Kowloon.
The worst air pollution in HK is from vehicles: cars, trucks, buses, ships.
We have a dozen village vehicles. The only private transport on Lamma is by bicycle.

If you want pure clean air; don't live in Hong Kong. Seriously, a lot of people are leaving because of that. But if you must live here, Lamma is one of the healthiest places.


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For what it's worth: Nuclear power policy in the ’80s caused low birth weights after coal stepped in

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[After nuclear power was replaced with coal burning power plants, the] average birth weight for infants declined 134 grams.

Birth weight is a strong indicator of the health of a baby, and low birth weights can suggest a host of health issues in the future, including lower IQ and earlier mortality, particularly from cardiovascular complications. The author concedes that the exact biological mechanism that causes pollution to contribute to low birth weight is still under investigation, but other studies have found that there is a link between the two.


The lower birth weight correlates with total suspended particles so Lamma Island is hardly the worst affected area in Hong Kong.

Still, combine that with the increased radiation carried by the trace uranium and thorium in the fly ash and we have enough reason to dust off our THINK-OF-THE-CHILDREN banners and picket the darn plant, at least until they agree to share their cross-channel intertubes cables with the community they're victimizing! :wild:

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It was the grand hope that their cross-harbour tunnel fiber would be made available, now only used for testing and emergencies in the Power station, but not for the daily operation.

PCCW just decided not to use that fiber, for unknown reasons, and upgrade our microwave links from the top of Po Wah Yuen for all of North Lamma Internet and NOW TV, new modem in your home, but same old tel. copper wires, VDSL2 technology.

Expect 30Mbps broadband Internet late this year (start date VERY flexible, pushed back by years already) in much of North Lamma and HD and more channels on NOW TV, at much higher monthly cost...

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