Date: 27 July 2016
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) granted approval to the most debatable Airport’s Third Runway Expansion Project without complying with the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance. As a result, a Lantau resident, filed a judicial review with an attempt to reverse the department’s decision and revoke the project’s environmental permit. The court hearing of the judicial review completed on July 8th, 2016, and the court ruling is expected to be released within a few months. However, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) decided to brush such legal process aside in order to impose a levy as airport development fee on all passengers who depart from and transit through the Hong Kong International Airport, starting on August 1st. AAHK also planned to commence the reclamation works on the same day despite the pending court ruling and the public opposition to such development project.