19 February 2015, Taman, Russia – The meeting of the working group on environmental issues "Environmental control" was held in Taman on the site of LLC "Food Ingredients" (part of EFKO Group). The topic was "Strategy of development of sea port infrastructure. Environmental responsibility in valuation of business, authorities and experts".
The meeting was attended by representatives of EFKO Group and LLC "Food Ingredients", the administration of Temryuk district, Taman and Novotamansky settlements, representatives of the deputies of the Taman peninsula, as well as the all-Russian public organization "Green Patrol".
The working group discussed the results of cooperation of LLC "Food Ingredients" and the society for the last 6 months and 2014 year in general, touched upon the current environmental status of the production site, were briefed on the conducted by the company measures to minimize the impact on the environment, the use of resource-saving technologies and rational use of natural resources.
EFKO Group implements a comprehensive approach to environmental responsibility, so the work of LLC "Food Ingredients» meets the highest environmental standards. The company's factory is working on zero-discharge technology, which eliminates the ingress of waste products into the environment.
The company continues to conduct regular environmental monitoring in the area of water area use and the boundaries of the sanitary protection zone. In 2014, for the implementation of environmental activities LLC "Food Ingredients" sent more than 22 million rubles.
In addition, each year the company conducts training of employees on environmental issues, standardization in the field of environmental protection and implements social projects to promote the idea of caring for the environment among the younger generation of the Taman Peninsula.
The working group participants appreciated the efforts of the leadership of the LLC "Food Ingredients" in the implementation of policies to ensure environmental sustainability of the enterprise.
Also at the meeting of the working group was discussed the ecological expedition of Russian public organization "Green Patrol" on Taman and Crimea. Roman Pukalov, the director of environmental programs of the organization came with a report. In his speech, he stressed that in the Crimean region was a difficult environmental situation, a threatening to ecological security of the peninsula: "A biodiversity loss threatens to Crimea. This refers not only to the preservation of certain animal and plant species, but also to the natural landscapes and ecosystems. The great importance in solving the environmental problems of the Crimean region has a rational territorial distribution of agricultural and industrial enterprises. Protected areas are not marked on any map of the peninsula, don’t have a cadastral number and boundaries. Two-thirds of the peninsula deprived of normal drinking water".
The objectives of the expedition members were to systematize all the information on the environmental problems of Crimea and to develop "ecological maps of the Crimea" for placing it on a special Internet website. According to him, in 2015 for solving environmental issues of peninsula the state is ready to provide up to 4 billion rubles.
At the end of the Crimean expedition the representatives of the "Green Patrol" also paid attention to the study of the environmental situation on the Taman peninsula as well.
"As for the Taman Peninsula, at the moment the main problem is a critical situation on the spit Chushka, where the distance from residential buildings to the port is less than 1.5 meters and the lack of legal ground for solid domestic waste"
, – said Roman Pukalov.
Unfortunately, the topic of illegal dumps and landfills proved to be one of the most actual and painful to the Taman Peninsula.
"The problem of unauthorized landfills in the settlement does really exist. First of all, it’s related to the prolonged procedure of transfer of agricultural land to industrial land destination. We are negotiating with an investor who is willing to build a waste treatment plant, but while an issue with the ground is not solved, we cannot talk about the construction"
, – said the head of the Taman rural settlement Ivan Bedelev.
According to the head of the rural settlement Novotamansky Vyacheslav Lavrentyev, due to "the construction of the Kerch bridge Taman Peninsula population will triple, so the question of placing the landfill for solid waste and for waste recycling plant is critical"
However, the Deputy of Novotamansky rural settlement Ekaterina Chebotareva in her speech, accused the administration in that "the authorities of Taman retreated from the General plan of Taman rural settlement in terms of placement of the landfill for MSW, also "Rules of establishment of security zones of electric grid facilities and special conditions of use of land plots located within the boundaries of such zones" are not maintained as well".
Despite the controversy, members of the working group were united in their opinion about the inadmissibility of violation of the current legislation and project documentation, and also decided on the preparation of appropriate requests on the basis of the revealed violations.
The discussion also related to issues of environmental education of the youth in the region. The working group members endorsed the intention of the company to organize in schools of the Taman Peninsula's first environmental lessons together with volunteers of the project "New Horizons" which realizes in the South of Russia with the support of the LLC "Food Ingredients".
Following the meeting of the working group "Ecological control" was prepared the protocol and draft decisions, which over the next week will be send in the administration of the Taman and Novotamansky settlements and representatives of public organizations.