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ENRC calls Kazakhstan inspector Darkwing Duck and promisses to sue him

03 november 2013, 13:40
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Photo courtesy of jazzyhat.com
Photo courtesy of jazzyhat.com
ENRC corporation is threatening to sue an environmental inspector from Pavlodar Oblast, Tengrinews reports.

ENRC CEO Feliks Vulis called environmental inspector Kanat Kalmakhan "Darkwing Duck" at the press conference after the scandalous publication in Vremya newspaper, where the Kazakhstan environmental inspector claimed that the corporation was breaking the country's environmental law.

“It is a lie. I would even call it a provocation. Officials from the relevant ministries and departments are visiting our factories on a regular basis, and they know the real environmental situation. We were bewildered by the sudden appearance of an interview in Vremya newspaper with a person who thinks himself a superhero, “Darkwing Duck” who is saving Pavlodar from a deadly threat - our Corporation. He implies that we allegedly turn off the filters at our factories at night and that the electrolytic factory was allegedly put into operation without any gas treatment facilities altogether. But it is purely impossible because factory furnaces simply cannot operate without the filters and the gas treatment unit. It is technically impossible,” Mr. Vulis said.

He added that it’s even more insulting to hear this statement from an official who works in the environmental field. “Can you imagine how discrediting his actions are in respect to his predecessors, everyone who worked at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (the ministry has been renamed to the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources earlier this week), who were a part of the State Committee and were responsible for approving the safety of the factory,” Mr. Vulis continued.

According to Mr. Vulis, ENRC spent $230 million on the environment protection in 2012. More than a half of the funds were invested by its enterprises in Pavlodar Oblast into solving the environmental issues and ensuring compliance with the Kazakhstan government's environmental safety requirements. From 2005 to 2013 the Corporation spent over 1.2 billion of dollars on the environment. It has spent $63 million on Pavlodar Oblast during the last nine month alone. “We consider the statement absolutely inappropriate and discrediting not only for the company, but also for the government officials. We hope that the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources will look into the situation and give an ultimate response to the statement of Mr. Kalmakhan. In turn, I want to officially declare that, as a company, we are going to file a lawsuit. We consider it to be a question of principle, and I believe it is unacceptable to ignore this kind of a shakedown,” said the CEO.

Meanwhile, according to the environmentalists, the 2013 damage from Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station and Eurasian Energy Corporation that belong to ENRC, amounted to 2.5 million tenge (over $16 thousand). The court ruled that the enterprises were responsible for the damage would pay appropriate fines.

Earlier this year deputy head of the natural resources and natural use management department Serik Beissenkulov said that Pavlodar oblast had a terrifying wastes per capita ratio: one ton of industrial wastes per every resident of the oblast.

“Last year pollutant discharge from the regional industrial companies made 675 thousand tons. The discharge volumes have increase by 200 thousand tons over the last 10 years. This currently makes around 1 ton per each resident. Despite of the environmental measures taken by the companies, our oblast is ranked Number One in Kazakhstan by oncological diseases,” Serik Beissenkulov said.

Although ENRC is not the only corporation that has factories in the oblast, it is still partly responsible for the wastes and the exhaust.

ENRC is one of the leading diversified natural resources groups in Kazakhstan with integrated mining, processing, energy, logistical and marketing operations.

London-listed ENRC operates in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Brazil and Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa).

The Group’s strategy aims to bridge its current position as a diversified natural resources group largely based in Kazakhstan to its future opportunities as a more broadly based international mining group. It currently employs over 70,000 people, of which 65,000 are located in Kazakhstan.

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