One ton of industrial wastes per resident in Pavlodar oblast 05 марта 2013, 18:16
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Pavlodar oil refinery. ©RIA Novosti
Pavlodar oblast of Kazakhstan has a terrifying wastes per capita ratio: one ton of industrial wastes per every resident of the oblast, Tengrinews.kz reports citing deputy head of the natural resources and natural use management department Serik Beissenkulov.
“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.
He added that special standards for permissible discharge of wastes were being formulated for large and small industrial companies. These standards will give the authorities and public organizations a way to control the ecological situation in the region. The standards will also be used by calculate the amount of fees payable by the companies for their pollutant emissions.
According to Beissenkulov, the oblast’s industrial companies have to reimburse 8.4 billion tenge ($56 million) for the ecological damage they caused this year.