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Article: Muddying the Waters? The Water Pollution Control Ordinance and Defining Pollution of Rivers and Streams in Hong Kong

TitleMuddying the Waters? The Water Pollution Control Ordinance and Defining Pollution of Rivers and Streams in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2004
PublisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/
Citation
Hong Kong Law Journal, 2004, v. 34 n. 3, p. 481-494 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this article the authors consider whether the dictionary definition of pollution adopted by the Court of First Instance in The Secretary for Justice v Flame Construction Company Limited and Others is appropriate and, in particular, whether the definition can sustain prosecutions for common types of discharges which are damaging to rivers and streams. Emphasis is placed on the difficulty of demonstrating unequivocally that ecological 'harm' is caused by discharges, as this has important implications for laws that are intended to protect the environment. The authors conclude that without an amendment to the Water Pollution Control Ordinance that would provide an appropriate definition of pollution, effective prosecutions for the pollution of rivers and streams in Hong Kong cannot be pursued.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/73290
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.215
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101

 

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dc.contributor.authorWhitfort, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDudgeon, Den_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T06:49:55Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T06:49:55Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Law Journal, 2004, v. 34 n. 3, p. 481-494en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0378-0600en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/73290-
dc.description.abstractIn this article the authors consider whether the dictionary definition of pollution adopted by the Court of First Instance in The Secretary for Justice v Flame Construction Company Limited and Others is appropriate and, in particular, whether the definition can sustain prosecutions for common types of discharges which are damaging to rivers and streams. Emphasis is placed on the difficulty of demonstrating unequivocally that ecological 'harm' is caused by discharges, as this has important implications for laws that are intended to protect the environment. The authors conclude that without an amendment to the Water Pollution Control Ordinance that would provide an appropriate definition of pollution, effective prosecutions for the pollution of rivers and streams in Hong Kong cannot be pursued.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Law Journalen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleMuddying the Waters? The Water Pollution Control Ordinance and Defining Pollution of Rivers and Streams in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0378-0600&volume=34&issue=3&spage=481&epage=494&date=2004&atitle=Muddying+the+Waters?+The+Water+Pollution+Control+Ordinance+and+Defining+Pollution+of+Rivers+and+Streams+in+Hong+Kongen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWhitfort, A: whitfort@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailDudgeon, D: ddudgeon@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.authorityWhitfort, AS=rp01288en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume34-
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dc.identifier.spage481-
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