“Polymetal” have carried out the environmental expertise without considering public opinion
Due to concealment of information about the dates appointed for the state environmental expertise and the delay in providing project materials (EIA, etc), the state environmental expertise has been carried out without taking into account the conclusion of the public environmental expertise.
According to Alexey Knizhnikov, head of the Program for the Business Environmental Responsibility at WWF-Russia:
In order to prevent the negative impact of planned economic activity on the environment and avoid associated social and economic consequences of the Kutynskoye gold field development, in summer 2020, Khabarovsky branch of NGO All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation (VOOP) together with WWF-Russia Amur branch initiated the process of conducting a public environmental expertise of the project documentation.
In accordance with the law, VOOP has filed an inquiry for carrying out public expertise at the administration of Tuguro-Chumikansky district, formed an expert commission chaired by Dr. Voronov B.A., associate member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, acting scientific director of the Institute of Water and Environmental Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the participation of professional experts in various fields of science.
Early in July, public hearings on the project development of Kutynskoye gold field were organized in Chumikan and Tugur settlements. They resulted in a request sent to Kutynskaya Mining and Geological Company to provide documentation for the projects "Mining and processing complex at Kutynskoye gold field" and “Development the Kutynskoye field by open cut. 1st stage. Transport unit.” in complete package with all amendments and additions at the moment.
According to the Law on Environmental Impact Assessment, public organizations carrying out public environmental expertise have the right to receive documentation from the owner. At the same time, non-submission of documentation for environmental impact assessment, evasion of providing to public organizations (associations) conducting public environmental expertise necessary materials, information and data are considered violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation.
In connection with the potential threat of the projects implementation of the Kutynskoye gold field, possible negative socio-economic consequences of planned activities, as well as due to numerous remarks and violations of the legislation in the project documentation, Khabarovsky branch of VOOP considers it necessary to protect the rights of citizens and to contact environmental authorities and prosecutors. Despite the positive conclusion of the state environmental expertise of the project for the development of the Kutynskoye gold field, the public one will be completed and its results will be communicated to the public.