Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Combine ordered to create sanitary protection area

Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Combine, a Russian ferrous-metallurgy enterprise, has been ordered by a Tagilstroevsky district court to create a sanitary protection area around its company.

The company is allegedly one of the largest polluters of Nizhny Tagil, with 66,000 tons of harmful pollutants thrown out into the air each year. The company must be in accordance with sanitary legislation. NTMK was found not to have complied, leading to a lawsuit by the environmental prosecutor's office, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

"(We) require the JSC Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Combine (to) develop and coordinate the project on the organization of sanitary-protective zone (by) September 2013," the court said, according to Oblgazeta.ru.

A sanitary-protective zone is a special area that reduces the impact on the environment around a factory or plant that may release emissions. There can be no construction, horticulture, agriculture or recreational activities within the buffer zone.

The difficult part of the law is that there are already residences within 500 to 1,000 meters of the plant, and that the plant would need to demolish and build new ones outside of the zone. It may be easier for a plant to relocate itself to a more remote location, but the funding for such a project is not always realistic. The Ministry of Natural Resources is trying to solve the problem through modernizing production and reducing emissions.