ArcelorMittal is opposing the requirements of the State Environmental Inspection (SEI), the press service of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih said.
The company claims that it has received all the necessary permits for construction work on the territory of the new tailing dump "Third Card", including from GASK and Geocadastre.
“We are concerned about constant interference in our production activities, which we conduct in strict accordance with the norms of Ukrainian legislation. The company is ready to defend its interests and business reputation in court, "said Artem Filipyev, Deputy General Director for Legal Affairs, Interaction with Government Bodies and Communications of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih.
The press service of the company noted that ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is forced to enter the procedure for assessing the impact on the environment for the third time, which in itself does not comply with legislative norms.
"The planned construction of a new tailing dump" Third Card "was recognized as permissible by the state back in April 2020. At the same time, on the basis of the obtained permits, the enterprise began preparatory work for the future construction. Last week, the chairman of the SEI, Andrei Malevany, announced the demand to stop the construction of a new tailing dump of the enterprise and the filing of a statement of claim on the part of the inspectorate. SEI's claims are based on the specifics of the additional environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the Tretya Karta tailing dump construction project. In September last year, representatives of the State Environmental Inspection conducted an unscheduled inspection of the Third Map tailing dump. The SEI made a mistake in the order that the enterprise received as a result of the inspection, which led to confusion between the two facilities of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, and, accordingly, to legal ambiguity in fulfilling the order. In March 2021, SEI carried out another inspection of the Third Map tailing dump. The basis for filing a lawsuit, which was announced by Mr. Malevany, was the text of the act following the results of this check. It changed the wording to another object and analyzed its implementation with the "identification" of non-existent violations, "the press service said, which adds that ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is ready to enter into legal proceedings to protect its interests.