Near the coke plant in Kharkov, residents of nearby houses and activists of the "National Corps " organized a picket. The protesters demand to suspend the activities of the plant and install filters. "If it is impossible to install purification equipment, then the plant should be taken out of the city," protesters say.
For many years now, Kharkiv residents have been holding protest actions, demanding the closure of hazardous production that “poisons people”. The presence of hazardous emissions in the waste of the enterprise - carbon monoxide and nitrogen, sulfur dioxide, was confirmed by the results of laboratory studies.
In December 2020, the Kharkiv Regional Administrative Court suspended the operation of the enterprise until it received permission to release pollutants into the air. However, on January 6, Novomet Coke Plant LLC challenged the court's decision, stating that the technological processes at the enterprise could not be completely stopped and such a shutdown could entail unpredictable consequences, including gas explosions in containers.
Kharkiv Coke Plant (Kharkiv KZ) is the only producer of foundry coke in Ukraine. Mainly Ukrainian coal is used in production. According to the site YouControl , the owner of Novomet Coke Plant LLC is an individual, and the authorized capital of the company is UAH 10,000.