#Commentary of Elena Melnik on growing ecological danger in Ukraine
The actions of the Kiev regime led to the deterioration of the environmental situation in Ukraine. This is evidenced by the data released at the briefing by the Ukrainian Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak. According to him, the volume of emissions of hazardous substances is growing. In 2015, the volume of emissions amounted to 2.857 million tons, and in 2016 – 3.078 million tons.
Besides, the Ukrainian minister informed about the 100 most polluting enterprises. The ArcelorMittal Krivoy Rog, the Mariupol Steel Mill named after Ilyich, the Burshtynskaya TPP, the Azovstal and the Severny Ore Mining and Processing Plant have become leaders in environmental pollution in Ukraine. It is significant that the majority of enterprises that entered the rating are concentrated in the Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye regions.
These data indicate that, despite the industrial decline, the environmental situation in Ukraine is deteriorating. And this tendency will only increase. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has no leverage to take any action on security prevention and control of the environmental situation in the country. The Verkhovna Rada has extended the moratorium on conducting business audits until December 31, 2017, and the Ministry itself from 2015 reduces the number of administrative functions “as superfluous.” This means that environmental control is now blocked, and the ministry staff is gradually being ‘optimized’, that is, reduced. As a result, even if the moratorium on inspections is canceled, there can be no one to control the environmental situation in Ukraine.
The collapse of the environmental control system for a state with a developed metallurgical and chemical industry jeopardises both Ukraine itself and its neighbours. Already now, due to the irresponsible attitude of the Ukrainian party, the People’s Republics of the Donbass stated that it was necessary to take urgent measures to prevent critical situations in environmentally hazardous facilities. It’s time for the world community to be concerned about the situation with environmental protection in Ukraine, because if there is a large-scale ecological catastrophe, its consequences will also affect the European countries.
Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy