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Anhui Conch response to reports on the construction of cement factory in Ulyanovsk, Russia

Author: Anhui Conch Cement, Published on: 20 June 2018

[Unofficial English translation provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - original text in Chinese available here]

…Conch’s production lines use the new drying process and have the strictest online environmental monitoring and control, from raw materials to production to packaging and transportation...Our environmental standards are even higher than international and European standards. We can also use waste heat from production lines to generate electricity and incinerate urban domestic waste in our kilns. This is a genuinely environmentally friendly project - and not, as claimed by the opposition party for ulterior motives, a traditional dirty and low-standard wet-process plant…

[B]ack when the opposition started maliciously attacking Conch and the Ulyanovsk government under the banner of environmentalism, Levitas Lev, head of a genuine Ulyanovsk non-governmental environmental association, made an authoritative statement. He said that, as a non-governmental environmentalist, he had personally visited a Conch cement plant in China, recorded video about its environmental protection techniques, and fully approved of Conch’s modern and environmentally friendly processes and supported the building of the local plant…

[The] chairman of the Ulyanovsk government Smekalin held an expert hearing, which was broadcast live on television. Over 10 well-known experts from relevant sectors in Ulyanovsk attended, and several representatives of the opposition also accepted invitations to attend. Based on the location of the Conch plant and the manufacturing processes to be used, experts in environmental protection, forestry, mining and water resources gave expert and systematic responses on mining, forest protection and groundwater safety…

On August 25, 2017, a report with the Ulyan Truth website mixed with the “hunger-strikers” incognito, with many spoken to saying “We can eat in the evening, someone’s bringing us barbeque and food,” and “I’m retired and bored at home, they were paying so I came along…”

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This is a response from the following companies: Anhui Conch Cement