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The government supported the draft law on increasing liability for sanitary and environmental violations during coal transshipment in ports. The draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources, was supported by the government commission for legislative activities.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, the proposed changes are aimed at improving the sanitary, epidemiological and environmental situation in ports where coal is transshipped, crushed and sorted. The document provides for amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses, which increase the liability of companies for violations. The amount of fines increases by an order of magnitude, and for a repeated violation, liability is introduced up to the suspension of the enterprise.

“Over the past ten years, transshipment volumes in seaports have tripled and amount to 140 million tons per year. At the same time, the burden on the environment has also increased. Despite the fact that large-scale measures are being taken in this industry to reduce the negative impact on human health and the environment, a number of companies nevertheless either ignore such measures or do not carry them out in the proper amount,” Victoria Abramchenko said.

The existing fines for damages are negligible. Today they amount for legal entities from 10 thousand to 20 thousand rubles.

The changes supported by the Government, according to Victoria Abramchenko, are aimed at a significant increase in liability for violations of environmental legislation.

In particular, the bill provides for a fine in the amount of 100,000 to 200,000 rubles for failure to meet the requirements of supervisory authorities at coal transshipment facilities on time. For a repeated offense, the fine will be from 300,000 to 600,000 rubles, or the organization’s activities will be suspended for up to 90 days.

“The adoption of the bill will increase the responsibility of companies, as well as establish a legal mechanism that will oblige businesses to eliminate identified violations. Citizens living near ports should not experience negative consequences from the activities of companies and breathe coal dust. Today, technologies are available that allow for modernization and to minimize the burden on the environment,” said Victoria Abramchenko.

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