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홍콩 환경단체 정부상대로 소송 제기 (Eng)


홍콩의 환경단체인 ‘깨끗한 공기 재단’은 홍콩 정부가 점점 악화되고 있는 공해 문제를 해결하지 못하고 있다며 시정부를 상대로 소송을 제기했습니다.

이 단체는 29일 홍콩 고등법원에 접수한 서류에서 홍콩 정부는 공해가 주민들의 건강을 해치고 있다는 연구결과에도 불구하고 공기 오염을 줄이기 위해 충분한 조치를 취하지 않았다고 말했습니다.

이 단체의 창립자인 고든 올드햄씨는 홍콩의 공기가 서서히 시민들을 독살하고 있으며 정부는 시민들에 대한 책임을 다하지 않았다고 비판했습니다.

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A Hong Kong environmental group, the Clean Air Foundation, has begun legal action against Hong Kong's government for failing to tackle worsening air pollution.

In papers filed today (Thursday) with Hong Kong's High Court, the organization says the government has not done enough to reduce air pollution, despite studies showing its damage to residents' health.

The group's founder (Gordon Oldham) says he believes Hong Kong's air is slowly poisoning its people and that the government has not met its obligations to its citizens.

Businesses and academics have also criticized the government. One study shows the level of pollutants in Hong Kong's air as being at least twice that of other major cities, such as New York or London. Other research (by Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong research institute and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) says much of Hong Kong's air pollution comes from its own power plants rather than from nearby industrial centers in southern China.

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