Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Development
The list of documents for gas emissions permit has been updated in the Khmelnytskyi region
An exhaustive list of mandatory documents required for obtaining a permit for pollutant emissions from stationary sources no longer contains an obligation to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
Currently, in Ukraine, there is an automatic approach to identifying activities that require EIA. Thus, companies independently decide whether there is a need for EIA, taking into account the criteria set out in Law №2059-VIII”On Environmental Impact Assessment”. Therefore, not all companies are required to have such a document.
According to the current legislation, the company does not need to undergo EIA to start operations. However, in some regions, such a document was still required. Thus, the companies, among other things, were requested to provide an EIA conclusion to obtain a permit for emissions at the Khmelnytskyi Regional State Administration. Therefore, there was a certain conflict between the legal norms and their practical implementation on the ground. This situation delayed the implementation of investment projects in the region and did not contribute to the generation of additional revenues to the local budget.
At the beginning of 2021, the EBA Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Development Committee addressed the Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of Khmelnytskyi Regional State Administration with a request to bring the documents in line with current legislation.
We are grateful to all government officials for their assistance in resolving the situation, as well as to the State Regulatory Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine for their clarifications and assistance in resolving the situation.
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