Safe Industry

Safe Industry

The industry is a consumer of common natural goods: air, land, water resources, etc. Also, the industry is the largest producer of almost all types of pollution. Next generations have the same rights to clean air, drinking water, untouched forests, and other natural resources. Thus, each country should realize the value of a safe environment and build a structure that will meet people’s needs, improve their lives and protect the environment, including biodiversity.

We believe that following environmental goals is an essential background of industrial development. In 2019, when Kronospan Rivne LLC announced the construction of a woodworking plant near Rivne, Ecoclub analyzed a report of how the company will affect the environment. We wanted to ensure that Kronospan’s activities would be safe for human health and the environment, as Kronospan Rivne LLC would use common natural resources (forest, water, air).

We published our remarks on our website and the local mass media. Later Ecoclub received a lawsuit from Kronospan Rivne LLC. Local courts supported Kronospan, but the Supreme Court, Ukraine’s highest court, took the side of Ecoclub, emphasizing that the public has the right to criticize environmentally harmful activities and cannot be convicted. 

During this campaign, we found out that the system of environmental impact assessment in Ukraine is imperfect and allows the construction of different factories, planning harmful activities: their environmental impact assessment reports show that emissions of hazardous substances will be exceeded.

The only existing Kronospan plant in Ukraine was built at Novovolynsk in Volyn region in 2004
Picture source: Bug.org.ua

What do we want to achieve with this campaign?

– safe operation of the new woodworking plant “Kronospancase” which is being built near Rivne.

– installation of air quality monitoring post in Horodok. The post will monitor the air condition round-the-clock and must be connected to the European network;

– compensation to inhabitants of Horodok (in case Kronospan Rivne LLC will harm human health and the environment).

– improving legislation on environmental impact assessment in Ukraine.

How to join Ecoclub in the campaign for a Safe industry?

– like the Ecoclub page and spread the news about the courts and the course of the campaign;

– create photos, videos, images;

– prepare information materials (letters, articles, interviews);

– assist in the organization of events and online activities;

– translate campaign materials into English.


Publications on the case:

How to ensure economic and environmental interests: Ecoclub’s recommendations how to change the environmental impact assessment in Ukraine

Why Ecoclub is suing to the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of Rivne Regional State Administration

More about the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of criticism of the polluting company Kronospan by Ecoclub

NGO Ecoclub defended the right to criticize Kronospan in the Supreme Court

Ecoclub will again sue the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Rivne Regional State Administration

For criticizing the potential damage from the plant, Kronospan sues a local activist

The main grounds of Ecoclub’s appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of Kronospan

Ecoclub filed a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of Kronospan

Lawsuit against Ecoclub: consideration of the case on the merits has begun

Lawsuit against Ecoclub: at the initiative of Kronospan the court proceedings were postponed

Kronospan court with Ecoclub: MEPs called on the Government and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to prioritize environmental issues

11 tonnes of formaldehyde into the air each year – estimated emissions from the planned Kronospan plant in Horodok

The concentration of formaldehyde in Horodok will be exceeded 9 times – Ecoclub

Representatives of Kronospan have filed a lawsuit against Ecoclub

Kronospan court with Ecoclub: MEPs called on the Government and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to prioritize environmental issues

Contacts:

+38 (067) 363-62-26, office@ecoclubrivne.org

Ecoclub - Kronospan

2021
August 26

The Supreme Court of Ukraine approved the Ecoclub`s complaint against the decision of the local court in the case against the Department of environmental of Rivne Regional State Administration

June 4

Ecoclub has filed a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court in the case against the Department of Ecology

Ecoclub appeals to the positive conclusion on the environmental impact assessment of the woodworking plant. The conclusion on the environmental impact assessment was issued by the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Rivne Regional State Administration. Rivne Regional State Administration accepted the report of Kronospan and allowed the construction of a woodworking plant. However, Ecoclub’s claim to the Department was not allowed to be considered in the court of the first instance. Therefore, the Ecoclub again appealed to the Supreme Court in the hope of a fair trial.

May 26

The Supreme Court satisfied Ecoclub’s complaint in the case of Kronospan

The Supreme Court of Ukraine acquitted Ecoclub, which criticized the planned activities of the Kronospan woodworking plant and overturned the decisions of Rivne courts, which found the Ecoclub’s publications illegal.

The Supreme Court has recognized that public criticism of environmentally threatening projects is an essential foundation of the democratic system of the state and cannot be limited.

January 20

Ecoclub lost in the Court of Appeal

Ecoclub lost the Court of Appeals and filed a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court.

2020
September 28

Ecoclub lost in the Court of First Instance

Ecoclub lost the court of the first instance and appealed to the Court of Appeal.

August 20

Ecoclub filed a lawsuit against the Department of Ecology of the Rivne Regional State Administration

In the lawsuit, Ecoclub asked to cancel Kronospan’s conclusion on the environmental impact assessment. The lawsuit was accepted for consideration and later returned because the documents were signed by a legal adviser instead of the organization’s head. The Ecoclub filed an appeal, which later was rejected.

June 23

Members of the European Parliament support the Ecoclub

Member of the European Parliament Viola von Cramon and 25 colleagues supported Ecoclub during the trial with representatives of Kronospan.

February 17

The beginning of the lawsuit against Ecoclub

In the lawsuit, they demanded refuting the allegations in the environmental impact assessment report and reimbursing UAH 150,000. Subsequently, Kronospan reduced the amount of compensation to UAH 1.

The public supported the Ecoclub before the first trial.

Representatives of Kronospan didn’t appear at the first court hearing. They did the exact five times.

February 5

Ecoclub’s position on the report on environmental impact assessment

Ecoclub sent a letter to the Rivne Regional State Administration and published on website position on Kronospan’s report on Environmental Impact Assessment.

January 8

Protests of locals

Locals wanted to draw attention to the potential damage from the woodworking plant and organized protests on Independence Square in Rivne and near the Rivne Regional State Administration. They also blocked the Ustyluh-Lutsk-Rivne highway.

2019
December 20

Public hearings

Public hearings were held in Gorodok to discuss the environmental impact assessment of the Kronospan woodworking plant.

October 1

The regional authorities and investors signed a cooperation agreement

The press service of the Rivne regional administration posted an article about influential investors on the official website, which came to the Rivne region. In the article, the regional state administration officially announced the signing of a memorandum of cooperation with Kronospan.

September 1

Ecoclub received the first appeals from the community.

A resident of Rivne requested Ecoclub: she was concerned about the intentions of the future woodworking plant.

July 1

The company “Kronospan” announced its intentions to build a woodworking plant in Gorodok near Rivne

The company emphasizes the foreign approach of doing business and future foreign investments – 200 million euros.

June 3

The former head of the Rivne Regional State Administration signed a land sale order.

The order contained information about the sale of a land plot of 22.7462 ha for TECHNOPRIVID INVEST GROUP LLC for UAH 3,278,039.

Contacts

Address:
33014, Rivne, Stepana Bandery str. 41, office 95