President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law of Ukraine “On the assessment of the impact on the environment”, revised by the Verkhovna Rada, taking into account proposals of the President, reported on the presidential website on Tuesday.
“The law establishes the legal and organizational principles of implementation of the assessment of the impact on the environment and ensures the implementation of Ukraine’s international obligations under the Convention on assessment of environmental impact in a transboundary context and the Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in issues concerning environment”, – stated in the message.
The document clearly sets out the scope of assessment of the impact on the environment: mineral oil and gas refineries, thermal and nuclear power plants, chemical industry, construction of airports, airfields, highways and hydrotechnical constructions of sea and river ports, etc.
According to the law, public discussion in the process of evaluating the impact on the environment is conducted to identify, collect and consideration of comments and suggestions from the public to the activities.
In addition, the document stipulates the liability for violation of legislation on the assessment of the impact on the environment, as well as a temporary ban (stop) and the termination of activities of enterprises in case of violation of the law.
“The implementation of the law will ensure the implementation of appropriate procedures for the assessment of the impact on the environment and will contribute to making informed decisions about the planned hazardous activities, the interests of the public concerned, guaranteeing the right to a safe environment and implement appropriate risk assessment for investment, etc.””, – stated in the message.