Ukraine: NGO report says communities oppose expansion of poultry facilities owned by Myronivsky Hliboproduct over health & environmental concerns; company responds

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24 October 2017

Response by PJSC Myronivsky Hliboproduct

Author: PJSC Myronivsky Hliboproduct

...[T]he preliminary intentions of the SE «Peremoga Nova», the structural subdivision of the MHP group, were first presented to the inhabitants of the villages of Ratsevo and Vitovo on December 20, 2015, for the study of public opinion. At public hearings organized by Ratsevo village council at the request of the director of SE «Peremoga Nova» Victor Grinyuk, key information about the planned project was made public (poultry houses of the parent poultry population), the company representatives responded to issues raised by the inhabitants. According to the results of the voting, the vast majority of residents who came to the meeting in both villages spoke in favor of supporting possible construction (Vitovo village- of the 174 people present, 170 were agreed, in Ratsevo village of the 448 present - 444 also supported the construction of the capacities of the SE «Peremoga Nova» on the territory of Ratsevo Village Council. This is evidenced by the two minutes of these meetings...

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24 October 2017

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

Author: CEE Bankwatch Network

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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