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Contents

Executive Summary

1      Introduction

1.1    Background

1.2    Project Organisation

1.3    Environmental Status in the Reporting Period

1.4    Summary of EM&A Requirements

2      Impact Monitoring Methodology

2.1    Introduction

2.2    Air Quality

2.3    Noise

2.4    Landscape and Visual

3      Monitoring Results

3.1    Impact Monitoring

3.2    Air Quality Monitoring

3.3    Noise Monitoring

3.4    Landscape and Visual Impact

4      Environmental Site Inspection

4.1    Site Inspection

4.2    Advice on the Solid and Liquid Waste Management Status

4.3    Status of Environmental Licenses and Permits

4.4    Recommended Mitigation Measures

5      Compliance with Environmental Permit

6      Report in Non-compliance, Complaints, Notification of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

6.1    Record on Non-compliance of Action and Limit Levels

6.2    Record on Environmental Complaints Received

6.3    Record on Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecution

7      Future Key Issues

7.1    Construction Works for the Coming Month(s)

7.2    Key Issues for the Coming Month

7.3    Monitoring Schedule for the Coming Month

8      Conclusions and Recommendations

8.1    Conclusions

8.2    Recommendations

 

Figure 1         Site Layout Plan and Monitoring Stations

Appendices

A.   Project Organisation

B.   Tentative Construction Programme

C.   Action and Limit Levels for Construction Phase

D.   Event and Action Plan for Air Quality, Noise, Landscape and Visual Impact

E.   Monitoring Schedule

F.   Calibration Certifications

G.   Graphical Plots of the Monitoring Results

H.   Meteorological Data Extracted from Hong Kong Observatory

I.     Waste Flow table

J.    Environmental Mitigation Measures – Implementation Status

K.   Cumulative Statistics on Complaints, Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Summary

Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited (MMHK) was commissioned to undertake the Environmental Team (ET) services (including environmental monitoring and audit (EM&A)) for the construction of M+ Museum Main Works (Contract No.: CC/2015/3A/022) and Lyric Theatre Complex Foundation Works (Contract No.: CC/2015/3A/014) at West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) (The Project) as part of the WKCD development. The Project Proponent is the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). The construction works and EM&A programme for M+ Museum and Lyric Theatre Complex commenced on 31 October 2015 and 1 March 2016 respectively.

The overall works for the WKCD fall under two separate categories of Designated Project (DP) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO), namely an “engineering feasibility study of urban development projects with a study area covering more than 20 ha or involving a total population of more than 100 000” (Item 3 of Schedule 3) and “an underpass more than 100m in length under the built areas” (Item A.9, Part I, Schedule 2). An Environmental Permit No. EP-453/2013/B (EP) was issued with respect to the “Underpass Road and Austin Road Flyover Serving the West Kowloon Cultural District” which specifically includes the abovementioned category of DP under Item A.9, Part I, Schedule 2 of the EIAO.

This Monthly EM&A Report presents the monitoring works at both the main works of M+ Museum and foundation works of Lyric Theatre Complex conducted from 1 November to 30 November 2016.

Exceedance of Action and Limit Levels

There was no breach of Action or Limit levels for Air Quality (1-hour TSP and 24-hour TSP) and Noise in this reporting month.

Implementation of Mitigation Measures

Construction phase weekly site inspections were carried out on 3, 11, 17 and 24 November 2016 for M+ Museum and 2, 9, 18, 23 and 30 November 2016 for Lyric Theatre Complex to confirm the implementation measures undertaken by the Contractors in the reporting month The outcomes are presented in Section 4 and the status of implementation of mitigation measures in the site is shown in Appendix J.

Landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted as part of the abovementioned weekly site inspections during the reporting month. No adverse comment on landscape and visual aspects was made during these inspections.

EPD site inspection with Contractor was conducted on 25 November 2016 at M+ Museum. No malpractice was observed.

EPD site inspection with Contractor was conducted on 3 November 2016 at Lyric Theatre Complex. No sampling, no issuance of notices nor prosecution was taken.

Record of Complaints

Two environmental complaints regarding muddy water at seafront of the Lyric Theatre Complex were recorded in the reporting month.

Record of Notification of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

No notification of summons and successful prosecution were recorded in the reporting month.

 

Future Key Issues

The major site works at M+ Museum scheduled to be commissioned in the coming month include:

    Excavation & ELS Works

    Basement works

    Mega truss 4 structure and mega trusses falsework

    Construction of slab

    Construction of columns & walls

    Construction of transformer room, LV switch room and water tank

The major site works at Lyric Theatre Complex scheduled to be commissioned in the coming month include:

     Predrilling

     Pre-grouting adjacent to Seawall

     Pipe Pile Construction

     Socket-H Pile Construction

     Bored Pile Construction

Potential environmental impacts due to the construction activities, including air quality, noise, water quality, waste, landscape and visual, will be monitored or reviewed. The recommended environmental mitigation measures shall be implemented on site and regular inspections as required will be carried out to ensure that the environmental conditions are acceptable. 

 

1        Introduction

1.1             Background

Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited (MMHK) was commissioned to undertake the Environmental Team (ET) services (including environmental monitoring and audit (EM&A)) for the construction of M+ Museum Main Works (Contract No.: CC/2015/3A/022) and Lyric Theatre Complex Foundation Works (Contract No.: CC/2015/3A/014) at West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) (The Project) as part of the WKCD development. The Project Proponent is the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). The construction works and EM&A programme for M+ Museum and Lyric Theatre Complex commenced on 31 October 2015 and 1 March 2016 respectively.

The overall works for the WKCD fall under two separate categories of Designated Project (DP) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO), namely an “engineering feasibility study of urban development projects with a study area covering more than 20 ha or involving a total population of more than 100 000” (Item 3 of Schedule 3) and “an underpass more than 100m in length under the built areas” (Item A.9, Part I, Schedule 2). An Environmental Permit No. EP-453/2013/B (EP) was issued with respect to the “Underpass Road and Austin Road Flyover Serving the West Kowloon Cultural District” which specifically includes the abovementioned category of DP under Item A.9, Part I, Schedule 2 of the EIAO. The captioned projects include part of the abovementioned underpass road located within the site boundary also falls under this same category.

The M+ museum development aims to provide an iconic presence for the M+ museum, semi-transparent vertical plane, housing education facilities, a public restaurant and museum offices. At ground and lower levels, generous access will be provided to the park and other West Kowloon Cultural District facilities, alongside a public resource centre, theatres, retail and dining, and back-of-house functions.

The 1,200-seat Lyric Theatre Complex will be Hong Kong’s first world-class facility for dance performances, including ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance forms. In the run up to the opening of further major performing arts venues in the WKCD, it will also be used for a wide variety of performing arts events including drama, opera and musical performances. The Lyric Theatre Complex will act as a platform for Hong Kong’s leading arts organisations, and be a new major venue to show programmes from Asia and worldwide.

The Monthly EM&A Report is prepared in accordance with the Condition 3.4 of the Environmental Permit No. EP-453/2013/B. This Monthly EM&A Report presents the monitoring works at both the main works of M+ Museum and foundation works of Lyric Theatre Complex conducted from 1 November to 30 November 2016. The purpose of this report is to summarise the findings in the EM&A of the project over the reporting period.

1.2             Project Organisation

The organisation chart and lines of communication with respect to the on-site environmental management structure together with the contact information of the key personnel are shown in Appendix A.

1.3             Environmental Status in the Reporting Period

During the reporting period, construction works at M+ Museum undertaken include:

     Construction of slab

     Construction of columns & walls

     Construction of transformer room, LV switch room and water tank

During the reporting period, construction works at Lyric Theatre Complex undertaken include:

     Predrilling

     Pre-grouting adjacent to Seawall

     Pipe Pile Construction

     Socket-H Pile Construction

     Bored Pile Construction

The Construction Works Programmes of M+ Museum and Lyric Theatre Complex are provided in Appendix B. A layout plan of the Project is provided in Figure 1. Please refer to Table 4.3 on the status of the environmental licenses.

1.4             Summary of EM&A Requirements

The EM&A programme requires environmental monitoring of air quality, noise, landscape and visual as specified in the approved EM&A Manual.

A summary of impact EM&A requirements is presented in Table 1.1.

Table 1.1:         Summary of Impact EM&A Requirements

Parameters

Descriptions

Locations

Frequencies

Air Quality

24-Hour TSP

AM1 - International Commerce Centre

At least once every 6 days

1-Hour TSP

AM1 - International Commerce Centre

At least 3 times every 6 days

24-Hour TSP

AM2A – Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1

At least once every 6 days

1-Hour TSP

AM2A – Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1

At least 3 times every 6 days

Noise

Leq, 30 minutes

NM1A- Podium level of The Harbourside Tower 1

Weekly

Landscape & Visual

Monitor implementation of proposed mitigation measures during the construction stage

As described in Table 9.1 and 9.2 of the EM&A Manual

Bi-weekly

Given that the Project covers only a small part of the whole WKCD area (i.e. M+ Museum, Lyric Theatre Complex and respective portions of underpass road), it was proposed that the EM&A programme for the Project should only require 1 noise monitoring station and 2 air quality monitoring stations located closest to the Project area. Currently, the works under the captioned project are confined in the western part of the WKCD site. Therefore, only the monitoring stations AM1, AM2 and NM1 were set up. Other monitoring locations are too far away (i.e. AM3 to AM5 and NM2 to NM5) are not included in this EM&A programme until the construction of the corresponding area commences.

The Harbourside management office formally rejected our proposal of setting up air quality and noise monitoring equipment on its premises at the podium level of Tower 1 (AM2/NM1) on 10 November 2015. Alternative noise monitoring location was identified at The Arch (NM2), however The Arch management office formally rejected our proposal of setting up noise monitoring equipment on its premises on 23 November 2015. Nevertheless, suitable air quality monitoring location at AM2 was identified on the ground floor in front of The Harbourside Tower 1, which is at the same location as that of baseline monitoring for consistency. No management approval is required at the ground floor for conducting the air monitoring. However, the electricity supply at AM2 was suspended from 31 August 2016 and was no longer available. In order to have a more secure electricity supply, an alternative air monitoring location (AM2A) was identified at Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1, which is close to Lyric Theatre Complex site entrance. This alternative air monitoring location was approved by EPD on 28 September 2016. Noise monitoring at G/F of Harbourside will not be representative. Approval from the management office of the International Commerce Centre has been granted on 29 February 2016 for conducting noise monitoring at the alternative noise monitoring location identified at the podium floor (NM1A) which is free from screening to the construction activities. Therefore, 2 air quality monitoring stations and 1 noise impact monitoring station were confirmed for the impact monitoring.

The Environmental Quality Performance Limits for air quality and noise are shown in Appendix C.

The Event and Action Plan for air quality, construction noise. landscape and visual are shown in Appendix D.

The EM&A programme followed the recommended mitigation measures in the EM&A Manual. The EM&A requirements as well as the summary of implementation status of the environmental mitigation measures are provided in Appendix J.

 

2        Impact Monitoring Methodology

2.1             Introduction

For air quality and noise, the monitoring methodology, including the monitoring locations, monitoring equipment used, monitoring parameters, and frequency and duration etc., for air quality and noise are detailed in this Section. The environmental monitoring schedules for the reporting period and the tentative monitoring Schedule for the coming month are provided in Appendix E.

For landscape and audit impact, the relevant EM&A monitoring requirements and details are also presented in this Section.

2.2             Air Quality

2.2.1         Monitoring Parameters, Frequency and Duration

Table 2.1 summarizes the monitoring parameters, frequency and duration of the TSP monitoring.

Table 2.1:         Air Quality Monitoring Parameters, Frequency and Duration

Parameter

Frequency

Duration

24-hour TSP

At least once in every six-days

24 hours

1-hour TSP

At least 3 times every six-days

60 minutes

2.2.2         Monitoring Locations

Currently, the works under the captioned project are confined in the western part of the WKCD site. Therefore, only the monitoring stations AM1 and AM2A were set up at the proposed locations in accordance with updated EM&A Manual. Location of the monitoring station is given in Table 2.2 and shown in Figure 1.

Table 2.2:         Air Quality Monitoring Station

Monitoring Station

Location

AM1

International Commerce Centre (ICC)

AM2A

Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1

2.2.3         Monitoring Equipment

Continuous 24-hour TSP air quality monitoring was conducted using High Volume Sampler (HVS) (Model: TE-5170) located at the designated monitoring station. The HVS meets all the requirements stated in of the EM&A Manual. Portable direct reading dust meter was used to carry out the 1-hour TSP monitoring. Table 2.3 summarizes the equipment used in the impact air quality monitoring. Copies of the calibration certificates for the HVS, calibration kit and portable dust meters are attached in Appendix F.

Table 2.3:         TSP Monitoring Equipment

Equipment

Model

24-hour TSP monitoring

High Volume Sampler

TE-5170 (Serial No.: 0767 and 8919)

Calibrator

TE-5025A (Orifice I.D.: 2454)

1-hour TSP monitoring

Portable direct reading dust meter

Sibata LD-5R (Serial No.: 620402)

Calibration of the HVS (five point calibration) using Calibration Kit was carried out every two months. The HVS calibration orifice will be calibrated annually. Calibration certificate of the TE-5025A Calibration Kit and the HVS are provided in Appendix F.

The 1-hour TSP monitoring should be determined periodically (e.g. annually) by the HVS to check the validity and accuracy of the results measured by direct reading method.

2.2.4         Monitoring Methodology

24-hour TSP Monitoring

Installation

The HVS was installed at the site boundary.  The following criteria were considered in the installation of the HVS.

     A horizontal platform with appropriate support to secure the sampler against gusty wind was provided.

     The distance between the HVS and any obstacles, such as buildings, was at least twice the height that the obstacle protrudes above the HVS.

     A minimum of 2 metres separation from walls, parapets and penthouse was required for rooftop sampler.

     A minimum of 2 metres separation from any supporting structure, measured horizontally was required.

     No furnace or incinerator flues or building vent were nearby.

     Airflow around the sampler was unrestricted.

     The sampler has been more than 20 metres from any drip line.

     Permission was obtained to set up the sampler and to obtain access to the monitoring station.

     A secured supply of electricity is needed to operate the sampler.

Preparation of Filter Papers

     Glass fibre filters were labelled and sufficient filters that were clean and without pinholes were selected.

     The filters used are specified to have a minimum collection efficiency of 99 percent for 0.3 µm (DOP) particles.

     All filters were equilibrated in the conditioning environment for 24 hours before weighing. The conditioning environment temperature was around 25 °C and not variable by more than ±3 °C with relative humidity (RH) < 50% and was not variable by more than ±5 %.  A convenient working RH was 40%. All preparation of filters was done by Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) accredited laboratory.

Field Monitoring Procedures

     The power supply was checked to ensure the HVS works properly.

     The filter holder and the area surrounding the filter were cleaned.

     The filter holder was removed by loosening the four bolts and a new filter, with stamped number upward, on a supporting screen was aligned carefully.

     The filter was properly aligned on the screen so that the gasket formed an airtight seal on the outer edges of the filter.

     The swing bolts were fastened to hold the filter holder down to the frame.  The pressure applied should be sufficient to avoid air leakage at the edges.

     The shelter lid was closed and was secured with the aluminium strip.

     The HVS was warmed-up for about 5 minutes to establish run-temperature conditions.

     A new flow rate record sheet was set into the flow recorder.

     The flow rate of the HVS was checked and adjusted at around 1.3 m3/min. The range specified in the EM&A Manual was between 0.6-1.7 m3/min.

     The programmable timer was set for a sampling period of 24 hours, and the starting time, weather condition and the filter number were recorded.

     The initial elapsed time was recorded.

     At the end of sampling, the sampled filter was removed carefully and folded in half length so that only surfaces with collected particulate matter were in contact.

     It was then placed in a clean plastic envelope and sealed.

     All monitoring information was recorded on a standard data sheet.

     Filters were sent to a Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) accredited laboratory for analysis.

Maintenance and Calibration

     The HVS and its accessories are maintained in good working condition, such as replacing motor brushes routinely and checking electrical wiring to ensure a continuous power supply.

     HVSs were calibrated upon installation and thereafter at bi-monthly intervals.  The calibration kits were calibrated annually.

     Calibration records for HVS and calibration kit are shown in Appendix F.

1-hour TSP Monitoring

Field Monitoring

The measuring procedures of the 1-hour dust meter are in accordance with the Manufacturer’s Instruction Manual as follows:

     Turn the power on.

     Close the air collecting opening cover.

     Push the “TIME SETTING” switch to [BG].

     Push “START/STOP” switch to perform background measurement for 6 seconds.

     Turn the knob at SENSI ADJ position to insert the light scattering plate.

     Leave the equipment for 1 minute upon “SPAN CHECK” is indicated in the display.

     Push “START/STOP” switch to perform automatic sensitivity adjustment. This measurement takes 1 minute.

     Pull out the knob and return it to MEASURE position.

     Setting time period of 1 hour for the 1-hour TSP measurement.

     Push “START/STOP” to start the 1-hour TSP measurement.

     Regular checking of the time period setting to ensure monitoring time of 1 hour.

Maintenance and Calibration

     The 1-hour dust meter would be checked at 3-month intervals and calibrated at 1-year intervals throughout all stages of the air quality monitoring.

     Calibration records for direct dust meters are shown in Appendix F.

Weather Condition

     Meteorological data extracted from Hong Kong Observatory for the reporting month is provided in Appendix H.

2.3             Noise

2.3.1         Monitoring Parameters, Frequency and Duration

Table 2.4 summarizes the monitoring parameters, frequency and duration of noise monitoring. The noise in A-weighted levels Leq, L10 and L90 are recorded in a 30-minute interval between 0700 and 1900 hours.

Table 2.4:         Noise Monitoring Parameters, Period and Frequency

Time Period

Parameters

Frequency

Daytime on normal weekdays

(0700-1900 hours)

Leq(30 min), L90(30 min) & L10 (30 min)

Once every week

2.3.2         Monitoring Location

Currently, the works under the captioned project are confined in the western part of the WKCD site. Therefore, only the monitoring station NM1A was set up at the proposed location in accordance with updated EM&A Manual. Location of the monitoring station is given in Table 2.5 and shown in Figure 1.

Table 2.5:         Noise Monitoring Station

Monitoring Station

Location

NM1A

Podium floor of International Commerce Centre (ICC)

2.3.3         Monitoring Equipment

Integrating Sound Level Meter was used for noise monitoring. It was a Type 1 sound level meter capable of giving a continuous readout of the noise level readings including equivalent continuous sound pressure level (LAeq) and percentile sound pressure level (Lx). They comply with International Electrotechnical Commission Publications 651:1979 (Type 1) and 804:1985 (Type 1). Table 2.6 summarizes the noise monitoring equipment model being used.

Table 2.6:         Noise Monitoring Equipments

Monitoring Station

Equipment Model

Integrating Sound Level Meter

Calibrator

NM1A

Rion NL-18 (Serial No.00360030)

Rion NC-73 (Serial No.10997142)

2.3.4         Monitoring Methodology

Field Monitoring

     The microphone of the Sound Level Meter was set at least 1.2 m above the ground.

     Free Field measurement was made at the monitoring locations.

     The battery condition was checked to ensure the correct functioning of the meter.

     Parameters such as frequency weighting, the time weighting and the measurement time were set as follows:

-  frequency weighting: A

-  time weighting: Fast

- time measurement: 30 minutes intervals (between 0700-1900 on normal weekdays)

     Prior to and after each noise measurement, the meter was calibrated using a Calibrator for 94 dB at 1 kHz.  If the difference in the calibration level before and after measurement was more than 1 dB, the measurement would be considered invalid and has to be repeated after re-calibration or repair of the equipment.

     During the monitoring period, the Leq, L10 and L90 were recorded.  In addition, any site observations and noise sources were recorded on a standard record sheet.

     A correction of +3dB(A) was made to the free field measurements.

 

Maintenance and Calibration

     The microphone head of the sound level meter and calibrator is cleaned with soft cloth at quarterly intervals.

     The sound level meter and calibrator are sent to the supplier or HOKLAS laboratory to check and calibrate at yearly intervals.

     Calibration records are shown in Appendix F.

Weather Condition

     Meteorological data extracted from Hong Kong Observatory for the reporting month is provided in Appendix H.

2.4             Landscape and Visual

2.4.1         Monitoring Program

Table 2.7 details the monitoring program (as proposed in the WKCD EIA report) for landscape and visual impact during the construction phase.

Table 2.7:         Monitoring Program for Landscape and Visual Impact during Construction Phase

Stage 

Monitoring Task

Frequency

Report

Approval

Construction

Monitor implementation of proposed mitigation measures during the construction stage.

Bi-weekly

ET to report on Contractor’s compliance

Counter-signed by IEC

During the landscape and visual impact monitoring, any changes in relation to the landscape and visual amenity should be monitored with reference to the baseline conditions of the site.  In addition, mitigation measures were proposed in the WKCD EIA report to minimise the landscape and visual impacts during the construction phase. The proposed mitigation measures as shown in Table 9.1 and Table 9.2 of the EM&A Manual should be checked for proper implementation.

 

3        Monitoring Results

3.1             Impact Monitoring

Construction impact monitoring for air quality, noise and landscape and visual impact was undertaken in compliance with the EM&A Manual during the reporting month.

3.2             Air Quality Monitoring

3.2.1         1-hour TSP

Results of 1-hour TSP at the monitoring location AM1 and AM2A are summarised in Table 3.1. Graphical plots of the monitoring results are shown in Appendix G.

Table 3.1:         Summary of 1-hour TSP monitoring results

Monitoring Station

Monitoring Date

Start Time

1-hour TSP (μg/m3)

Range (μg/m3)

Action Level (μg/m3)

Limit Level (μg/m3)

1st Result

2nd Result

3rd Result

AM1

2-Nov-16

10:40

80

88

97

49-97

273.7

500

8-Nov-16

10:48

78

85

92

14-Nov-16

10:42

78

65

70

18-Nov-16

8:00

59

64

60

24-Nov-16

10:40

49

52

55

30-Nov-16

10:42

49

53

56

AM2A

2-Nov-16

10:52

81

90

97

54-121

274.2

500

8-Nov-16

11:00

80

88

96

14-Nov-16

10:54

109

111

121

18-Nov-16

8:14

69

71

77

24-Nov-16

10:52

63

54

58

30-Nov-16

10:54

60

58

59

3.2.2         24-hour TSP

Results of 24-hour TSP at the monitoring location AM1 and AM2A are summarised in Table 3.2. Graphical plots of the monitoring results are shown in Appendix G.

Table 3.2:         Summary of 24-hour TSP monitoring results

Monitoring Station

Monitoring Date

Start Time

Monitoring Results (μg/m3)

Range (μg/m3)

Action Level (μg/m3)

Limit Level (μg/m3)

AM1

 

2-Nov-16

10:42

44

44-52

143.6

260

8-Nov-16

10:50

51

14-Nov-16

10:40

52

18-Nov-16

8:02

52

24-Nov-16

10:42

46

30-Nov-16

10:40

51

AM2A

2-Nov-16

10:55

50

50-72

151.1

260

8-Nov-16

11:02

58

14-Nov-16

10:52

69

18-Nov-16

8:12

72

24-Nov-16

10:54

64

30-Nov-16

10:52

59

No exceedance of 1-hour and 24-hour TSP (Action or Limit Level) was recorded in the reporting period.

3.3             Noise Monitoring

The construction noise monitoring results at the monitoring location NM1A are summarized in Table 3.3. Graphical plots of the monitoring data and the station set-up of a free-field measurement are shown in Appendix G.

Table 3.3:         Summary of noise monitoring results during normal weekdays

Monitoring Date

Start Time

End Time

Leq (30 mins), dB(A)

Limit Level for Leq (dB(A))

2-Nov-16

14:00

14:30

69.5

75

8-Nov-16

14:00

14:30

69.9

14-Nov-16

14:00

14:30

68.4

24-Nov-16

14:00

14:30

68.5

30-Nov-16

14:00

14:30

69.2

 

Remarks:

+3dB (A) correction was applied to free-field measurement.

No exceedance (Action/Limit Level) of construction noise was recorded in the reporting period as no noise related environmental complaint was received during the reporting period and noise levels recorded during the monitoring period were below 75 dB(A).

Construction works were extended to holidays on 6, 13, 20 and 27 November 2016. In accordance with the EM&A Manual, additional monitoring was carried out during the restricted hours on 6, 13, 20 and 27 November 2016. The Leq (5 mins) is in the range of 69.1 – 71.0 dB(A). Major noise source includes traffic. Construction Noise Permits for the works carried out during restricted hours were obtained and listed in Table 4.3.

3.4             Landscape and Visual Impact

Landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted as part of the weekly site inspections on 11 and 24 November 2016 for M+ Museum and 9 and 23 November 2016 for Lyric Theatre Complex during the reporting month. As reviewed by the registered Landscape Architect, no adverse comment on landscape and visual aspects was made during these inspections.

The landscape and visual mitigation measures were implemented during the reporting period. The summary of implementation status of the environmental mitigation measures are provided in Appendix J.

 

4        Environmental Site Inspection

4.1             Site Inspection

4.1.1         M+ Museum

Construction phase weekly site inspections were carried out on 3, 11, 17 and 24 November 2016. The joint site inspection with IEC, ET, ER and Contractor was held on 11 November 2016. EPD site inspection with Contractor was conducted on 25 November 2016. The discharge points, wastewater treatment facilities and the chemical waste store were inspected and no malpractice was observed. All observations have been recorded in the site inspection checklist and passed to the Contractor together with the appropriate recommended mitigation measures where necessary. The key observations from the site inspections and associated recommendations are summarized in Table 4.1.

Table 4.1: Summary of Site Inspections and Recommendations for M+ Museum      

Inspection Date

Parameter

Observation /  Recommendation

Contactor’s Responses / Action(s) Undertaken

Close-out (Date)

28 Oct 2016

Waste management

Stagnant water/ mixture was found in the drip tray near wetsep no. 2. The contractor was reminded to remove the stagnant water in the drip tray.

The stagnant water in the drip tray near wetsep no. 2 was removed.

3 Nov 2016

28 Oct 2016

Water quality

Effluent quality at ICP discharge point and all wetseps at M+ was checked. They were visually clear when comparing with the standard solution except wetsep no. 6 and all were within acceptable pH range. The contractor was reminded to enhance the wastewater treatment. The pH meter at wetsep no. 2 was found not function properly and the contractor has called the supplier to replace the pH meter.

On 3 Nov 2016, the treated wastewater at wetsep no. 2 and 6 was found clear. The pH meter of wetsep no.2 was not functioning properly.

 

On 11 Nov 2016, the pH meter of wetsep no. 2 was replaced and would function properly.

11 Nov 2016

28 Oct 2016

Waste management

Contaminated soil was found near Gate 1. The contractor was reminded to remove the contaminated soil and treat it as chemical waste.

The contaminated soil near gate 1 was removed.

3 Nov 2016

3 Nov 2016

Waste management

The drip tray near CSO and at wetsep no. 6 was filled with mixture of stagnant water and chemicals. The contractor was reminded to clear the mixture and treat as chemical waste.

On 11 Nov 2016, the contractor has cleared the drip tray at wetsep no. 6, while the drip tray near CSO was still observed with mixture of stagnant water. The contractor was reminded to clear the drip tray and treat it as chemical waste.

 

On 23 Nov 2016, The contractor has cleaned up the drip tray of chemical drum near CSO.

23 Nov 2016

3 Nov 2016

Air quality

Area near gate 1 was observed dry. The contractor was reminded to increase water spraying frequency at that area.

The contractor has enhanced water spraying frequency at area near Gate 1.

11 Nov 2016

3 Nov 2016

Noise

Noise emission label was missing in a generator at area A10a. The contractor was reminded to place the label properly.

The contractor has provided the QPME noise emission label for the generator at A10a. 

24 Nov 2016

3 Nov 2016

Waste management

Chemical containers were found without drip tray near CSO. The contractor was reminded to provide drip tray to all the chemicals.

The chemical containers previously observed without drip tray near CSO were removed/ provided with drip tray.

11 Nov 2016

3 Nov 2016

Water quality

Effluent quality at ICP discharge point and all wetseps at M+ was checked. They were visually clear when comparing with the standard solution.

N/A

N/A

11 Nov 2016

Waste management

Refuse was observed idled near wetsep no.5. The contractor was reminded to remove the refuse regularly.

The contractor has removed the refuse near wetsep no.5.

17 Nov 2016

11 Nov 2016

Waste management

Some chemical containers were observed without drip tray near DCS. The contractor was reminded to remove them off site or provide drip tray.

The contractor has removed the chemical containers previously observed without drip tray near DCS.

17 Nov 2016

11 Nov 2016

Waste management

Chemical store at ICP was observed without lock. The contractor was reminded to provide lock for chemical store.

The contractor has provided lock for the chemical store at ICP.

23 Nov 2016

11 Nov 2016

Water quality

Effluent quality at ICP sampling point and all wetseps at M+ was checked. They were all visually clear when comparing with the standard solution and in proper pH range.

N/A

N/A

17 Nov 2016

Air quality

The contractor was reminded to enhance water spraying near wetsep no.5 to reduce dust impact.

The contractor has enhanced water spraying at area near wetsep. no. 5 and the ground was observed wet.

24 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016

Waste management

The contractor was reminded to improve the access to chemical store near CSO.

Follow-up status will be provided in the next reporting month

On-going

17 Nov 2016

Waste management

Chemical containers/ drums were observed without drip tray in some of the site areas. The contractor was reminded to provide drip tray or remove them off site.

The contractor has removed the chemical containers/ drum previously observed without drip tray.

23 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016

Waste management

Chemical waste/ oil leakage and contaminated soil was observed in some of the site areas. The contractor was reminded to remove them and treat them as chemical waste.

The contractor has removed the chemical leakage and contaminated soil previously observed.

23 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016

Air quality

Cement and base plaster at A10a was not covered. The contractor was reminded to well cover them to reduce dust impact.

The contractor has well covered the base plaster and removed the cement bags off site.

23 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016

Water quality

Effluent quality at ICP sampling point and all wetseps at M+ was checked. They were all visually clear when compared to standard solution and within proper pH range.

N/A

N/A

24 Nov 2016

Waste management

Stagnant water/ mixture of chemical waste was observed in drip trays near CSO, DCS and wetsep no. 2. The contractor was reminded to clean the drip tray and treat it as chemical waste.

The contractor has cleared the drip trays.

30 Nov 2016

24 Nov 2016

Waste management

Oil stain was found near B1 (workers resting area). The contractor was reminded to remove the oil stain and treat it as chemical waste.

The contractor has removed the oil stain on the ground near B1.

30 Nov 2016

24 Nov 2016

Waste management

Construction waste was found in B2. The contractor was reminded to remove the construction waste.

The contractor has removed the construction waste found in B2.

30 Nov 2016

24 Nov 2016

Water quality

Effluent quality at ICP sampling point and wetseps at M+ was checked. They were all visually clear when compared to standard solution and within proper pH range. The contractor was reminded to enhance maintenance and clean up at wetseps as very fine suspended particles were found in wetsep systems.

Follow-up status will be provided in the next reporting month

On-going

4.1.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

Construction phase weekly site inspections were carried out on 2, 9, 18, 23 and 30 November 2016. The joint site inspection with IEC, ET, ER and Contractor was held on 18 November 2016. EPD site inspection with Contractor was conducted on 3 November 2016. The sea-wall of the harbour was inspected and muddy water found during the inspection. All observations have been recorded in the site inspection checklist and passed to the Contractor together with the appropriate recommended mitigation measures where necessary. The key observations from the site inspections and associated recommendations are summarized in Table 4.2.

Table 4.2: Summary of Site Inspections and Recommendations for Lyric Theatre Complex 

Inspection Date

Parameter

Observation /  Recommendation

Contactor’s Responses / Action(s) Undertaken

Close-out (Date)

2 Nov 2016

Waste management

The drip tray of an air compressor near area L07 was filled with mixture of chemical and algae. The contractor was reminded to clean the drip tray and treat as chemical waste.

The drip tray of an air compressor near area L07 was cleaned.

5 Nov 2016

2 Nov 2016

Air quality

Area L07 was observed dry. The contractor was reminded to increase water spraying frequency at that area.

Regular water spraying at area L07 was undertaken.

5 Nov 2016

2 Nov 2016

Waste management

An oil drum was found without drip tray near area L04. The contractor was reminded to provide drip tray to all the chemicals.

The oil drum has been removed.

5 Nov 2016

9 Nov 2016

Water quality

Turbid wastewater was observed at both wetseps on-site. The contractor was reminded to review the wastewater treatment process.

Wetseps were cleaned and treated wastewater was observed to be clear.

10 Nov 2016

9 Nov 2016

Noise

The panel of the power pack near site office was open. The contractor was reminded to always close the panel to reduce noise level.

Power pack was removed from the site area.

10 Nov 2016

18 Nov 2016

Water quality

The Contractor was reminded to continue monitoring the presence of surface runoff at site works near the seafront and to take the necessary mitigation measures to prevent potential overflow.

Necessary mitigation measures was taken to prevent potential overflow.  Additional pumps was in placed and stagnant water was pumped away.

18 Nov 2016

23 Nov 2016

Water quality

Turbid water was observed at the wetsep far from site entrance.  The contractor was reminded to desludge more frequently to ensure good efficiency of wetsep.

De-sludge was arranged for the concerned treatment facility and treated effluent was observed clearer.

28 Nov 2016

23 Nov 2016

Noise

The panel of the enclosure of grout pump was found open.  The contractor was reminded to close the panel of the enclosure.

The panel of the enclosure of grout pump was closed.

28 Nov 2016

23 Nov 2016

Waste management

Some chemical drums were found without drip tray.  The contractor was reminded to provide drip tray or remove the chemical drums.

The chemical drums were removed to the chemical storage area.

28 Nov 2016

30 Nov 2016

Air quality

Haul road was observed a little bit dry at car park.  The contractor was reminded to increase water spraying frequency.

Follow-up status will be provided in the next reporting month

On-going

30 Nov 2016

Waste management

The drip tray of air-compressor was observed full of mixture of water, oil and algae.  The contractor was reminded to pump out the mixture and treat as chemical waste.

Follow-up status will be provided in the next reporting month

On-going

4.2             Advice on the Solid and Liquid Waste Management Status

The Contractors have been registered as a chemical waste producer for the Project. Construction and demolition (C&D) material sorting will be carried out on site. A sufficient number of receptacles were available for general refuse collection.

4.2.1         M+ Museum

As advised by the Contractor, 9.78 ton, 201.04 ton and 644.69 ton of inert C&D material were disposed of as public fill to Chai Wan Public Fill Barging Point, Tuen Mun Area 38 and Tseung Kwan O Area 137 Public Fill respectively, while 129.1 ton of general refuse was disposed of at SENT landfill. 88.4 ton of metals, 0.6 ton of paper/cardboard packaging, 0 ton of plastic and 63.0 ton of timber were collected by recycling contractors in the reporting month. 0 ton of inert C&D materials was reused on site. 2,384.0 ton of inert C&D materials were reused in other projects and 63.2 ton of inert C&D materials were disposed to sorting facility. 0 ton of chemical waste was collected by licensed contractors in the reporting period.

The actual amounts of different types of waste generated by the activities of construction works at M+ Museum in the reporting month are shown in Appendix I.

4.2.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

As advised by the Contractor, 4,415.34 ton and 8,009.37 ton of inert C&D material were disposed of as public fill to Tuen Mun Area 38 and Tseung Kwan O Area 137 respectively, while 10.2 ton of general refuse was disposed of at SENT landfill. 74.7 ton of metals, 0 ton of paper/cardboard packaging, 0 ton of plastic and 0 ton of timber were collected by recycling contractors in the reporting month. 0 ton of inert C&D materials was reused on site. 0 ton of inert C&D materials was reused in other projects. 1.4 ton of chemical wastes was collected by licensed contractors in the reporting period.

The actual amounts of different types of waste generated by the activities of construction works at Lyric Theatre Complex in the reporting month are shown in Appendix I.

4.3             Status of Environmental Licenses and Permits

The environmental permits, licenses, and/or notifications on environmental protection for this Project which were valid during the period are summarised in Table 4.3 and Table 4.4

4.3.1         M+ Museum

Table 4.3:         Status of Environmental Submissions, Licenses and Permits for M+ Museum

Permit / License No.

/ Notification /

Reference No.

Valid Period

Status

Remarks

From

To

Chemical Waste Producer Registration

5213-217-H2913-45

05-Nov-15

--

Valid

--

Billing Account Construction Waste Disposal

7023393

13-Oct-15

--

Account Active

--

Construction Noise Permit

GW-RE0995-16

17-Oct-16

16-Apr-17

Cancelled on 4-Nov-16

--

GW-RE1058-16

4-Nov-16

3-May-17

Valid

--

Wastewater Discharge License

WT00023633-2016

4-Mar-16

31-Mar-21

Valid

--

Notification under Air Pollution Control (Construction Dust) Regulation

394083

7-Oct-15

--

Notified

--

4.3.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

Table 4.4:         Status of Environmental Submissions, Licenses and Permits for Lyric Theatre Complex

Permit / License No.

/ Notification /

Reference No.

Valid Period

Status

Remarks

From

To

Chemical Waste Producer Registration

5213-217-G2347-39

17-Feb-16

--

Valid

--

Billing Account Construction Waste Disposal

7024189

25-Jan-16

--

Account Active

--

Construction Noise Permit

GW-RE0987-16

25-Oct-16

24-Apr-17

Cancelled on 23-Nov-16

--

GW-RE1113-16

23-Nov-16

20-May-17

Valid

 

Wastewater Discharge License

WT00023648-2016

9-Mar-16

31-Mar-21

Valid

--

Notification under Air Pollution Control (Construction Dust) Regulation

398075

18-Jan-16

--

Notified

--

4.4             Recommended Mitigation Measures

The EM&A programme followed the recommended mitigation measures in the EM&A Manual. The EM&A requirements as well as the summary of implementation status of the environmental mitigation measures are provided in Appendix J. In particular, the following mitigation measures were brought to attention during the site inspections:

4.4.1         M+ Museum

 

Chemical and Waste Management

     All chemical drum/ containers stored on site should be provided with drip trays.

     Chemical waste in drip trays should be frequently removed.

     All chemicals should be kept proper containers and clearly labelled.

     Good housekeeping of site should be maintained.

     Maintain access to the chemical store.

     Leakage of oil/ chemical waste on ground should be removed.

 

Air Quality

     Maintain high standard of housekeeping to prevent emission of fugitive dust.

     Dusty materials stored on site should be well covered to reduce dust impact.

     Enhance water spraying for haul roads to reduce dust impact.

 

Water Quality

     Wetsep units should be regularly checked to ensure proper function and adequate capacity of the system to treat wastewater or runoff before discharge.

     All wastewater or site runoff must be treated in wastewater treatment facilities before discharge.

Noise

     Noise labels should be provided for QPME/ PME.

4.4.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

 

Chemical and Waste Management

     Drip trays should be kept in good condition.

     Chemical waste in drip trays should be frequently removed and ensure no leakage of oil/ chemicals from machines.

     All chemical drums stored on site should be provided with drip trays.

 

Air Quality

     Enhance water spraying for haul roads to reduce dust impact.

Noise

     The panel of the power pack should be always closed.

Water Quality

     Wetsep units should be regularly checked to ensure proper function to treat wastewater or runoff before discharge.

     Mitigation measures should be provided to prevent potential site runoff flowing into the harbour.

 

5        Compliance with Environmental Permit

The status of the required submission under the EP during the reporting period is summarized in Table 5.1.

Table 5.1:         Status of Submissions under the Environmental Permit

EP Condition

Submission

Submission Date

Condition 3.4

Monthly EM&A Report for August 2016

14 November 2016

 

6        Report in Non-compliance, Complaints, Notification of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

6.1             Record on Non-compliance of Action and Limit Levels

There was no breach of Action or Limit Levels for Air Quality and Noise monitoring in the reporting month.

6.2             Record on Environmental Complaints Received

Two environmental complaints regarding muddy water at seafront of the Lyric Theatre Complex were received this month. The complaint was handled in accordance with the EM&A Manual and relevant parties including the Engineer’s Representative and IEC were informed of the complaint.

A complaint regarding muddy water appeared at seafront of Lyric Theatre in the afternoon of 3 November 2016 was referred from EPD on 4 November 2016. At 17:00 on 3 November 2016, EPD inspectors arrived at Lyric Theatre. No muddy water was found at the seafront and the nearest piling machine was not in operation. In the evening of 3 November 2016, the complainant reported muddy water was not observed at 5 p.m. but appeared again at 6 p.m. Investigation results revealed that the main construction activities carried out included construction of clutched pipe pile near seafront area It is noticed that there are two concrete outfall structures locating near the seafront area, which might be the cause of the muddy water observed near the seafront. The piling works at the concerned area has ceased and the corresponding piling machine has been temporarily mobilized to other works front. The contractor has taken follow-up actions including carrying out additional pre-grouting which aimed to form a grout curtain screen to prevent any leaks to the harbour when carrying out piling works. The contractor has also deployed additional site staff to closely monitor the condition of the harbour.

A complaint regarding muddy water appeared at the seafront of Lyric Theatre was received on 14 November 2016. Investigation results revealed that the main construction activities carried out included construction of clutched pipe pile near the seafront area. At the concerned location, there is a small landing area with stairs. The suspected cause of the incident is leaks at the seawall. The contractor has stopped the piling works at the concerned area, mobilised the mini-piling rig for construction and installed additional pre-grout hole along the seawall area. Additional pre-grouting work at the concerned area have been carried out and frontline supervisor have been appointed to closely monitor the harbour.

The cumulative statistics on complaints were provided in Appendix K.

6.3             Record on Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecution

No notifications of summons or successful prosecution were received this month. The cumulative statistics on notifications of summons and successful prosecutions were provided in Appendix K.

 

7        Future Key Issues

7.1             Construction Works for the Coming Month(s)

7.1.1         M+ Museum

The major site works scheduled to be commissioned in the coming month include:

    Excavation & ELS Works

    Basement works

    Mega truss 4 structure and mega trusses falsework

    Construction of slab

    Construction of columns & walls

    Construction of transformer room, LV switch room and water tank

7.1.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

The major site works scheduled to be commissioned in the coming month include:

     Predrilling

     Pre-grouting adjacent to Seawall

     Pipe Pile Construction

     Socket-H Pile Construction

     Bored Pile Construction

7.2             Key Issues for the Coming Month

7.2.1         M+ Museum

Key issues to be considered in the coming month include:

     Generation of dust from construction works;

     Noise impact from operating equipment and machinery on-site;

     Generation of site surface runoffs and wastewater from activities on-site;

     Management of stockpiles and slopes, particularly on rainy days;

     Sorting, recycling, storage and disposal of general refuse and construction waste; and

     Management of chemicals and avoidance of oil spillage on-site.

7.2.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

Key issues to be considered in the coming month include:

     Generation of dust from construction works;

     Noise impact from operating equipment and machinery on-site;

     Generation of site surface runoffs and wastewater from activities on-site;

     Management of stockpiles and slopes, particularly on rainy days;

     Sorting, recycling, storage and disposal of general refuse and construction waste; and

     Management of chemicals and avoidance of oil spillage on-site.

7.3             Monitoring Schedule for the Coming Month

The environmental site inspection and environmental monitoring will be continued in the coming month.  Impact monitoring for air quality and noise in accordance with the approved EM&A Manual has commenced since 31 October 2015 and 5 March 2016 respectively. The tentative monitoring schedule for the coming month is shown in the Appendix E.

8        Conclusions and Recommendations

8.1             Conclusions

The EM&A programme as recommended in the EM&A Manual has been undertaken since the construction of M+ Museum main works commenced on 31 October 2015, and the construction of Lyric Theatre Complex foundation works commenced on 1 March 2016.

Monitoring of air quality and noise with respect to the Projects is underway. In particular, the 1-hour TSP, 24-hour TSP, noise level (as Leq, 30 minutes) under monitoring have been checked against established Action and Limit levels. There was no breach of Action and Limit Levels for 1-hour TSP, 24-hour TSP and noise in the reporting month.

Two environmental complaints regarding muddy water at seafront of the Lyric Theatre Complex and no notifications of summons or successful prosecution were received during the reporting month.

Weekly construction phase site inspections and bi-weekly landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted during the reporting month as required. It was observed that the Contractors had implemented all possible and feasible mitigation measures to mitigate the potential environmental impacts during construction phase works.

8.2             Recommendations

Potential environmental impacts due to the construction activities, including air quality, noise, water quality, waste, landscape and visual, will be monitored or reviewed. The recommended environmental mitigation measures shall be implemented on site and regular inspections as required will be carried out to ensure that the environmental conditions are acceptable.