Ukraine: Local communities file complaints to World Bank & EBRD over environmental & health risks posed by poultry firm Myronivsky Hliboproduct
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Author: Accountability Counsel
...[T]hree communities in the central Ukraine region of Vinnytsia filed complaints to the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) criticizing the lack of transparency and surrounding environmental and health risks posed by the ‘largest poultry farm in Europe’...The complaints...allege that, since the start of operations in Vinnytsia in 2010, poultry giant Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) has caused continuous odor and dust from a significant and growing number of facilities and the application of manure on nearby fields, making local life untenable. MHP activities have also led to a drastic increase in heavy vehicle traffic through villages, resulting in damage to roads and nearby residences, and risks from pollution to air, water, and soil have not been studied properly, the complaint says. As MHP begins ramping up the next phase of development of its massive Vinnytsia Poultry Farm, community members fear that these problems will only intensify.