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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Power plant operations safe

Secretary for Security John Lee today said Taishan Nuclear Power Station is operating within nuclear power safety requirements and that the release of operational information complies with international standards.   Having maintained close contact with Guangdong's Nuclear Emergency Committee Office as well as the National Nuclear Safety Administration, Mr Lee made it clear the power plant is safe.   “We have been given the information that the operation of the Taishan nuclear plant is safe and there is no indication of any effect on the environment. So it is operating within all the requirements regarding nuclear power safety.   “All the information that is released will be in accordance with the international standard.”   He added that only two incidents occurred at Taishan Nuclear Power Station this year, both of which were classified as Level 0 events that did not affect the unit’s safe operation, workers’ health, the nearby communities or the environment.   “In other words, they do not affect, in any way, nuclear safety,” Mr Lee stressed.
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