December 23, 2019 at the NECU press-conference, climate change expert Georgiy Veremichyk was made public the Statement of the National Ecological Center of Ukraine concerning a gross violation of environmental legislation by “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” during the tender for dredging operations on the Prypiat River.

On December 16, 2019, Dredging Fleet Branch of State Enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Port Authority” completed a tender for dredging operations of the Pripyat River with an expected value of UAH 10 million. The winner of the auction was limited liability company “Sobi”.Official title of the work: “Services for the current repair of the navigable river inland waterway of the public use on the Ukrainian site of the river Prypiat”.

The general technical requirements of the tender do not include the requirements for carrying out the environmental impact assessment, as the planned activity is defined as “operational repair drawdown” and does not take into account the potential threat of the spread of radiation contamination from disturbed bottom deposits and carrying out such works on the territory of the Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve.

The dredging works as preparatory activities for the construction of the international waterway E40 are called “operational repair drawdown”, without observing the requirements of environmental legislation of Ukraine, the European Union and a number of international conventions to which Ukraine is a contracting party, are inadmissible.

NECU states that any dredging works on the Prypiat River should be agreed with the Prypiat Basin Council and discussed with the public in the discussion of the environmental impact assessment of the planned works!

The National Ecological Center of Ukraine considers water resources, first of all, as a natural resource, without which life on Earth is impossible.

In the face of global climate change, the conservation of fresh water in its natural state and protecting it from pollution is a direct responsibility of the Government of Ukraine.

Download: “Statement of the National Ecological Center of Ukraine concerning a gross violation of environmental legislation by “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” during the tender for dredging operations on the Pripyat River.pdf

Завантажити: “Заява НЕЦУ з приводу грубого порушення природоохоронного законодавства Адміністрацією морських портів України під час проведення тендеру на виконання днопоглиблювальних робіт на річці Прип’ять.pdf