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Amendments to relevant ordinance on optimisation of EIAO process take effect today
     The Government tabled earlier before the Legislative Council (LegCo) the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 2 and 3) Order 2023 and the revised Technical Memorandum on Environmental Impact Assessment Process (EIAO-TM) to update the technical assessment guidelines. The amendments were passed by the LegCo yesterday (June 29) and will take effect today (June 30). 

     "With the implementation of the amendments, the lists of designated projects (DPs) under Schedules 2 and 3 to the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) will be more clearly defined and better aligned with technological advancements and development needs in recent years. With the EIAO-TM amendments, the assessment methodologies used in the EIA study will become more transparent and efficient, streamlining the overall EIA process and enhancing consistency, which can be more focused on protecting the environment. The delivery of DPs can also be expedited," a Government spokesman said.

     The amended Schedules 2 and 3 to the EIAO and the revised EIAO-TM have been uploaded to Environmental Protection Department's EIAO website (www.epd.gov.hk/eia/index.html) for public access.
Ends/Friday, June 30, 2023
Issued at HKT 15:00
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