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Contents

Executive Summary  1

1      Introduction   1

1.1    Background  1

1.2    Project Organisation  1

1.3    Environmental Status in the Reporting Period  1

1.4    Summary of EM&A Requirements  1

2      Impact Monitoring Methodology  1

2.1    Introduction  1

2.2    Air Quality  1

2.3    Noise  1

2.4    Landscape and Visual 1

3      Monitoring Results  1

3.1    Impact Monitoring  1

3.2    Air Quality Monitoring  1

3.3    Noise Monitoring  1

3.4    Landscape and Visual Impact 1

4      Environmental Site Inspection   1

4.1    Site Inspection  1

4.2    Advice on the Solid and Liquid Waste Management Status  1

4.3    Status of Environmental Licenses and Permits  1

4.4    Recommended Mitigation Measures  1

5      Compliance with Environmental Permit 1

6      Report in Non-compliance, Complaints, Notification of Summons and Successful Prosecutions  1

6.1    Record on Non-compliance of Action and Limit Levels  1

6.2    Record on Environmental Complaints Received  1

6.3    Record on Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecution  1

7      Future Key Issues  1

7.1    Construction Works for the Coming Month(s) 1

7.2    Key Issues for the Coming Month  1

7.3    Monitoring Schedule for the Coming Month  1

8      Conclusions and Recommendations  1

8.1    Conclusions  1

8.2    Recommendations  1

Figure 1              Site Layout Plan and Monitoring Stations  1

Appendices  1

A.    Project Organisation   1

B.    Tentative Construction Programme  1

C.    Action and Limit Levels for Construction Phase  1

D.    Event and Action Plan for Air Quality, Noise, Landscape and Visual Impact 1

E.    Monitoring Schedule  1

F.     Calibration Certifications  1

G.    Graphical Plots of the Monitoring Results  1

H.    Meteorological Data Extracted from Hong Kong Observatory  1

I.      Waste Flow table  1

J.     Environmental Mitigation Measures – Implementation Status  1

K.    Cumulative Statistics on Complaints, Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecutions  1

 

 

 

 

 

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 December to 31 December 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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 December 2016 for M+ Museum and 7, 14, 21 and 28 December 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.

Record of Complaints

No environmental complaints was recorded in the reporting month.

Record of Notification of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

One notification of summons regarding M+ Museum construction site made a discharge with exceeded limits of suspended solids on 2 July 2016 was received on 13 December 2016.

No 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:

    Construction of G/F, LGF, B1 and B2 slab;

    Construction of column from B2 to B1, B1 to LGF and LGF to GF;

    Installation of megastruss;

    Construction of DCS structure from B1 to LGF;

    Pile cap and sump pit construction at B2 and ICP;

    Construction of B1 slab at ICP

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 December to 31 December 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 G/F, LGF, B1 and B2 slab;

    Construction of column from B2 to B1, B1 to LGF and LGF to GF;

    Pile cap and sump pit construction at B2 and ICP

    Installation of megastruss

    Construction of B1 slab at ICP

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

06-Dec-16

10:48

64

61

65

50-97

273.7

500

12-Dec-16

10:52

81

89

97

16-Dec-16

8:02

53

51

50

22-Dec-16

10:50

64

70

75

28-Dec-16

10:48

62

66

70

AM2A

06-Dec-16

11:02

94

87

90

56-101

274.2

500

12-Dec-16

11:04

82

91

101

16-Dec-16

8:14

69

71

80

22-Dec-16

11:02

74

79

80

28-Dec-16

11:02

56

61

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

 

06-Dec-16

10:50

47

40-47

143.6

260

12-Dec-16

10:50

44

16-Dec-16

08:00

40

22-Dec-16

10:48

41

28-Dec-16

10:50

47

AM2A

06-Dec-16

11:00

71

56-92

151.1

260

12-Dec-16

11:02

92

16-Dec-16

08:12

66

22-Dec-16

11:00

76

28-Dec-16

11:00

56

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))

06-Dec-16

14:00

14:30

69.0

75

12-Dec-16

14:00

14:30

67.6

22-Dec-16

15:40

16:10

69.0

28-Dec-16

14:00

14:30

68.1

 

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 4, 11 and 18 December 2016. In accordance with the EM&A Manual, additional monitoring was carried out during the restricted hours on 4, 11 and 18 December 2016. The Leq (5 mins) is in the range of 68.7-73.6 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 and Table 4.4.

3.4             Landscape and Visual Impact

Landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted as part of the weekly site inspections on 9 and 23 December 2016 for M+ Museum and 7 and 21 December 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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 December 2016. The joint site inspection with IEC, ET, ER and Contractor was held on 9 December 2016. 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)

17 Nov 2016

Waste management

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

The chemical store is not in use now and no chemical waste was stored inside.

2 Dec 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.

The contractor has cleaned the wetsep systems and the wetsep systems were observed with clear treated wastewater.

2 Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

Water quality

The contractor was reminded to improve the access to wetsep no.1 for water sampling and desludge.

The contractor has enhanced the access to the wetsep no. 1.

14 Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

Waste management

Oil stain and suspected chemical leakage was observed on the ground at B1 and gate 1. The contractor was reminded to remove them and treat it as chemical waste.

The contractor has cleared the oil stain and suspected chemical leakage on the ground at B1 and gate 1

5 Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

Air quality/ Waste management

Muddy trails were found in gate 1. The contractor was reminded to ensure all wheels of vehicles are washed before leaving the site.

The contractor has provided wheel-washing for all vehicles before leaving the site.

9 Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

Waste management

Refuse was observed near the seafront. The contractor was reminded to remove the refuse off site.

The contractor has removed the refuse near the seafront.

7 Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

Waste management

Chemical containers near gate 3, DCS and seafront were observed without drip trays. The chemical drum near seafront was observed not in good condition. The contractor was reminded to provide drip trays for all chemcial containers and remove the chemical drum off site.

The contractor has provided drip tray, and covered the chemical drum and removed the chemical containers without drip tray.

9 Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

Water quality

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

N/A

N/A

2 Dec 2016

Others

The contractor was reminded to provide proper protection (provide fencing) to trees near seafront until the tree survey report is issued.

The contractor has provided tree protection for trees near seafront.

7 Dec 2016

9 Dec 2016

Air quality

The contractor was reminded to enhance water spraying in site to reduce dust impact.

The contractor has enhanced water spraying in site.

14 Dec 2016

9 Dec 2016

Air quality

Stockpile near DCS was found uncovered. The contractor was reminded to well cover the stockpile to reduce dust impact.

The contractor has covered the stockpile near DCS.

14 Dec 2016

9 Dec 2016

Waste management

Oil stain was found on the ground near ICP. The contractor was reminded to clear the oil stain and treat it as chemical waste.

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

14 Dec 2016

9 Dec 2016

Water quality

The wastewater treatment at wetsep no. 2 was found insufficient. The contractor was reminded to enhance wastewater treatment to ensure compliance with WPCO requirement.

The wastewater treatment at wetsep no. 2 was found sufficient.

14 Dec 2016

9 Dec 2016

Air quality/ Waste management

Dump truck was observed uncovered and over-filled when leaving the site. The contractor was reminded to ensure all dump trucks are well-covered and not over-filled when leaving the site.

Dump truck was covered and not over-filled when leaving the site.

14 Dec 2016

9 Dec 2016

Water quality

Effluent discharge quality at ICP and M+ was checked. They were all visually clear when comparing to standard solution and within proper pH range.

N/A

N/A

16 Dec 2016

Waste management

Chemical containers and drums were observed without drip trays in serveral area in the site. The contractor was reminded to remove them if not in use or provide drip tray.

The contractor has removed the chemical containers/ drums previously observed without drip trays in various area of the site.

23 Dec 2016

16 Dec 2016

Waste management

The contractor was reminded to remove the construction waste accumulated in B1 and ICP. Also, the contractor was reminded to improve the house-keeping at B2 and remove the construction waste.

The contractor has removed the construction waste at B1, ICP and B2.

22 Dec 2016

16 Dec 2016

Water quality

Algae was observed accumulated in wetseps in M+. The contractor was reminded to remove algae more frequently to ensure the treatment performance of the wetseps.

The contractor has arranged cleaning to remove algae in wetseps in M+.

22 Dec 2016

16 Dec 2016

Water quality

Effluent quality at ICP sampling point and M+ wetseps was checked. It was found marginally acceptable and was within proper pH range. The contractor was reminded to review and adjust the quantity of runoff treated in wetseps of ICP to ensure sufficient treatment for all wastewater before discharging to comply with WPCO.

The contractor has rearranged the quantity of runoff treated in wetseps in ICP. The treated wastewater was observed clear.

23 Dec 2016

23 Dec 2016

Waste management

Oil was observed in the drip tray at B1. The contractor was reminded to clear the drip tray more frequently.

The contractor has cleared the drip tray at B1.

29 Dec 2016

23 Dec 2016

Water quality

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

N/.A

N/A

30 Dec 2016

Waste management

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

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

On-going

30 Dec 2016

Air quality

Stockpile was observed uncovered in B2. The contractor was reminded to well cover the stockpile to reduce dust impact.

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

On-going

30 Dec 2016

Water quality

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

N/A

N/A

4.1.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

Construction phase weekly site inspections were carried out on 7, 14, 21 and 28 December 2016. The joint site inspection with IEC, ET, ER and Contractor was held on 21 December 2016. 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)

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.

Water spraying to the haul road was conducted regularly

2 Dec 2016

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.

Mixture in drip tray of air compressor was cleared and treated as chemical waste.

2 Dec 2016

7 Dec 2016

Water quality

Low PH value was observed at the wet sep far from site entrance.  The contractor was reminded to increase the PH value to an acceptable PH value (i.e. 6-9 PH)

Wastewater at the wet sep was neutralized and pH value resumed to normal range (6.71 pH).

8 Dec 2016

7 Dec 2016

Air quality

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

Water spraying at car park was conducted regularly.

8 Dec 2016

7 Dec 2016

Waste management

Area L02 was observed oil leakage on the ground.  The contractor was reminded to stop the leakage, remove the oil and treated as chemical waste.

Chemical leakage was cleaned up already and all chemicals was placed inside drip tray.

8 Dec 2016

14 Dec 2016

Water quality

Low PH value was observed at the wet sep far from site entrance.  The contractor was reminded to monitor the PH value to an acceptable PH value (i.e. 6-9 PH).

The Contractor cleaned the pH server at Wetsep. After cleaning, the pH value observed was within the acceptable range.

15 Dec 2016

21 Dec 2016

Waste management

The Contractor is reminded to place all chemical waste generated in the chemical waste storage area.

The chemical waste has been placed properly in the chemical waste storage area.

24 Dec 2016

21 Dec 2016

Water quality

The Contractor is reminded to treat all site effluent with wastewater treatment systems and ensure compliance with WPCO discharge licence.

All site effluent was properly treated.

28 Dec 2016

21 Dec 2016

Waste management

Some chemical containers were not properly placed in drip tray. The Contractor should ensure that sufficient drip trays are provided.

The chemicals have been removed from ground and placed inside drip tray.

24 Dec 2016

28 Dec 2016

Air quality

The Contractor was reminded to replace the NRMM label of the generator near seafront with colour one.

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

On-going

28 Dec 2016

Water quality

Turbid treated effluent was observed at wetsep no. 1. The Contractor was reminded to check the performance of the wetsep and desludge more frequently.

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, 16.8 ton and 109.98 ton of inert C&D material were disposed of as public fill to Tuen Mun Area 38 and Tseung Kwan O Area 137 Public Fill respectively, while 89.0 ton of general refuse was disposed of at SENT landfill. 48.3 ton of metals, 0.6 ton of paper/cardboard packaging, 0 ton of plastic and 70.0 ton of timber were collected by recycling contractors in the reporting month. 0 ton of inert C&D materials was reused on site. 736.0 ton of inert C&D materials were reused in other projects and 37.0 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, 3,573.98 ton and 8,913.61 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 9.02 ton of general refuse was disposed of at SENT landfill. 13.85 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. 1.26 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-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-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.

     Construction waste generated on site should be regularly removed.

     Good housekeeping of site should be maintained.

     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.

     Conduct wheel-washing for all vehicles before leaving the site.

     All vehicles carrying dusty materials must be well covered and not over-filled before leaving the site.

 

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.

     Frequent cleaning should be maintained to remove algae in wetsep units

     Maintain access to wetsep units for ease of maintenance and water sampling.

 

Others

     Provide proper protection to all trees within the site area.

4.4.2         Lyric Theatre Complex

 

Chemical and Waste Management

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

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

     Chemical waste should be properly stored in designated chemical waste storage area.

 

Air Quality

     Enhance water spraying for haul roads to reduce dust impact.

     Proper NRMM label should be provided to the plants.

Water Quality

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

 

 

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 November 2016

14 December 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

No environmental complaint was received this month. The cumulative statistics on complaints were provided in Appendix K.

6.3             Record on Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecution

One notification of summons regarding M+ Museum construction site made a discharge on 2 July 2016 of which suspended solids exceeded the limits stated in the table under Specific Condition B1 of the license numbered WT00023633-2016 granted on 4 April 2016 under the Water Pollution Control Ordinance was issued to the contractor, Hsin Chong Construction Company Limited on 13 December 2016. The Water Pollution Control Ordinance was breached at ICP, located adjacent to the M+ Museum construction site.

According to the Contractor, a Senior Environmental Protection Inspector collected legal sample at the ICP’s discharge point on 2 July 2016. EPD also inspected the waste water treatment system of ICP and observed that all effluent has been screened by sedimentation tanks and treated by wetseps prior to discharging off site. A pink form was issued after the inspection. The wastewater treatment facilities had been regularly checked to ensure the performance of the system for treating all the site runoff. The Contractor has conducted daily water sampling to check the quality of the effluent since then. ET has also inspected all the effluent quality during weekly site inspection since 8 July 2016 and the details of the checking are presented in Table 4.1. Any observations regarding unsatisfactory performance of the wetseps have been recorded and subsequently followed up by the Contractor.

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

No successful prosecutions 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:

    Construction of G/F, LGF, B1 and B2 slab;

    Construction of column from B2 to B1, B1 to LGF and LGF to GF;

    Installation of megastruss;

    Construction of DCS structure from B1 to LGF;

    Pile cap and sump pit construction at B2 and ICP;

    Construction of B1 slab at ICP

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.

One notification of summons regarding M+ Museum construction site made a discharge with exceeded limits of suspended solids on 2 July 2016 was received on 13 December 2016.

No environmental complaints and no 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.