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Ukrainian civil society resists efforts to be co-opted by big agro

The controversial Ukrainian agribusiness giant Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) tries to handle community relations by putting publicity spin on the outcomes of a long overdue discussion with civil society...At issue has been the preliminary environmental assessment for the project which Peremoha Nova released for consultation in late 2016...[T]he assessment failed to provide for a sanitary protection zone which is required by Ukrainian law: residential areas could thus be exposed to excessive levels of pollution from the poultry facilities under the company’s plans. Also missing is an assessment of the project’s potential impacts on potable water in Chyhyryn, not to mention a lack of information on the volumes of wastewater that will need purification and treatment. Air pollution threats too are neglected by the assessment, with a lack of clarity on how emissions from the poultry facilities will be handled. These shortcomings and more were strongly voiced in sceptical community feedback to the plans, but the company has been oblivious to these concerns...

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