More than $3.9 Million Fines Paid in 2016 for Environmental Violations

Fines in the amount of 1.3 billion tenge (US$3.9 million) were paid for violations of environmental regulations in the first eight months of 2016. The fines were the result of 1,818 inspections, the press service of the Ministry of Energy reports.

95774-preview-image“For violations of environmental legislation, 3,027 administrative fines were imposed totalling 1.1 billion tenge (US$3.3 million). Today, 2,577 administrative fines were paid totaling 1.3 billion tenge (US$3.9) or 89 percent of the total,” said the statement.

“The results of the inspections revealed 4,100 violations of environmental legislation. To eliminate these, 2,706 prescriptions were issued.”

Since the beginning of the year, some 932 notices have been issued with the requirements for damages caused to the environment totalling 31.2 billion tenge (US$93.6 million), of which 743 claims have been recovered to the amount of about 536 million tenge (US$1.6 million) or 2 percent. The remaining provisions with the requirements for compensation are pending in court.

Some 118 materials were sent to the court to suspend economic activity with 92 approved by court.

Environmental Regulation and Control Committee of the Ministry of Energy has issued 12 opinions on the mandatory environmental audit.

“The purpose of the environmental auditing is to bring environmental activities in accordance with the requirements of laws and regulations, optimising the use of natural resources, reduction and regulation of energy consumption, waste reduction, prevention of accidental discharges, emissions and man-made disasters,” the statement from the ministry noted.

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