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Aksu plant faces fine of $620 thousand for environmental damage

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Aksu Ferrousalloy plant will face a fine of $620 thousand for causing environmental damage in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports citing the press office of Specialized Inter-Regional Economic court of Pavlodar Oblast.

Pavlodar environmental experts have determined that the Aksu Ferrousalloy plant exceeded the permitted emission ceiling.

“In 2013, during an unscheduled inspection, the authorities uncovered that emissions into the atmosphere at the Aksu Ferrousalloy plant exceeded the permitted amounts. Ineffectiveness of dust and gas collectors was named the cause of the excessive emissions,” the court representative explained.

The environmental authorities issued a fine based on the results of the check, but the plant refused to acknowledge that it cause any environmental damage, and the Pavlodar environmental authorities filed a lawsuit against the plant.

After the check of the plant in 2013 followed a check in 2014. According to the authorities, in revealed a similar violation. Now, in addition to compensating the environmental damage, the Aksu Ferrousalloy plant will have to pay a fine for committing a repeated violation in the amount of $203 thousand.

The Aksu Ferrousalloy plant is a branch of KazChrome transnational company, a part of ENRC group. The plant produces high, medium and low-carbon ferrochrome, silicon and manganese alloys.

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