Rinat Akhmetov’s DTEK corporation is systematically violating and ignoring domestic environmental legislation, thus threatening the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of people.
The DTEK corporation puts super profits of its owner above all possible norms of morality.
This situation is perfectly illustrated by two very bright examples.
- The first case – the failed ecological modernization of Prydniprovska TPP located within the city of Dnipro.
Prydniprovska TPP was privatized by DTEK in 2011. Under the terms of the privatization agreement, DTEK was to implement a number of environmental measures to reduce the harmful impact on the city atmosphere from this TPP.
Among other things, they were supposed to build sulfur and nitrogen purification facilities. This has not been done, and at the end of 2015, the particulate emission exceeded the permissible norm by 9.5 times.
For the entire technical lifetime of Prydniprovska TPP, the total weight of production waste in the form of ash and slag has made up 20 million tons! That is, virtually every resident of the city accounts for a 20-ton truck of waste.
Having failed to fulfill the obligations of ecological modernization, DTEK now wants another deferral in establishing the purification equipment and reducing the volume of permissible emissions.
In addition, extraordinary inspections of the State Ecological Inspectorate do not yield any results, because the inspectors are not provided with proper documents, and are not admitted to all facilities on the territory of the TPP.
Such an arbitrariness with the blocking of the work of state bodies took place three times: in September 2016, in November 2017, and in August 2018.
Such actions of representatives of DTEK corporation are a direct violation of the Laws of Ukraine “On Environmental Protection” and “On the Main Principles of State Supervision (Control) in the Sphere of Economic Activity”.
- The second case is the proposals of Rinat Akhmetov’s structures regarding the construction of a new plant for the production of mineral fertilizers in Kryvyi Rih.
The thing is that it is suggested building it right next to residential areas, which are home to one hundred thousand people. In giant furnaces, ammonium sulfate will be heated, one of the decay products of which is ammonia, which has an extremely pungent odour and is very toxic and fire hazardous.
The plant is planned to be built on the windward side of the massif, two kilometres from the Dnipro-Kryvyi Rih channel, from which most of the city’s residents get their drinking water. Despite the legislative requirements, an alternative plan for the location of the plant was not presented.
The general conclusion is that we should not forget that under the “Rotterdam+” scheme, the whole country is paying inflated tariffs for the electricity of TPPs, three-quarters of which are controlled by DTEK.
However, DTEK does not want to invest to save the ecology of the cities like Dnipro, where not only some unknown people live, but even the families of their employees!
And the example of Kryvyi Rih shows us that in addition to exploiting the existing dangerous facilities, Akhmetov’s structures tend to create new ones that are no less harmful to human life and health.
While the war and the economic problems of the whole country do not interfere with someone’s climbing the steps of the billionaires’ rating from Forbes, other people are poisoned with polluted air and doomed to a slow death from the diseases caused by it.
The unwillingness of the domestic large business to assume social responsibility for the environment in which it operates is shocking and forces us to make appropriate conclusions about the need for real, not declarative, de-oligarchization of the economy, especially in the energy sector.