MIL-OSI Russia: Victoria Abramchenko: The government will “color” environmental payments

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Funds for the negative impact on the environment that go to the federal and regional budgets will be protected and will be able to be directed exclusively to environmental activities and projects. Priority will be given to the implementation of a large-scale project for general cleaning of the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko. This is provided for by the draft law on the prevention of environmental damage, prepared by the Government. The law will be sent to the State Duma for consideration this fall session.

Victoria Abramchenko said that the bill establishes provisions on the “coloring” of environmental payments. Such revenues to the budget are understood as payments for negative impact on the environment, fines for administrative offenses in the field of environmental protection, compensation payments, compensation of a different nature.

“Over the past three years, the consolidated budgets of the constituent entities of the country have received almost 40 billion rubles from payments for negative impact on the environment. At the same time, the regions directed less than 2% of the funds received to eliminate the accumulated harm. Therefore, on the instructions of the President, the Government will “color” environmental payments and introduce the prioritization of environmental projects and their financing. It will be impossible to channel funds not for environmental improvement, ”said Viktoria Abramchenko.

If there are objects of accumulated harm, unauthorized dumps and abandoned industrial sites that do not have owners on the territory of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, funds will be used to identify and assess the damage from the facilities, as well as subsequent work on their elimination. In the absence of objects of accumulated harm – to prevent or reduce negative impact on the environment, rational use and reproduction of natural resources, ensuring environmental safety.

“The accumulated damage to the environment is not always noticeable, but it is the most acute problem that directly affects human health and the natural environment through soil, water or air. In the next decade, a large-scale general cleaning of the country should take place, hazardous abandoned industrial facilities, landfills within the city boundaries, abandoned ships raised, abandoned, ownerless wells brought to a safe state, ”said Victoria Abramchenko.

The Deputy Prime Minister also noted that any payment in the field of environmental protection and use of natural resources will be targeted and cannot be used otherwise.

“Eliminating the consequences of an environmental disaster is much more expensive than preventing it. It is more profitable for the owner to eliminate the accumulated harm himself, while the enterprise is alive, than to lose reputation and pay the state with fines, – said Victoria Abramchenko. – The entered colored payments are a mechanism for the liquidation of ownerless objects. The owners of industrial enterprises and facilities that have a negative impact on the environment will have to eliminate the accumulated damage on their own, ”the Deputy Prime Minister concluded.

The deputy chairman said that since the beginning of the general cleaning in July this year, it was possible to collect information on almost 2 thousand landfills and former industrial sites located near settlements, on more than 250 sunken ships that interfere with navigation. It is planned to complete the inventory for all subjects next year. The results will be collected in a register, and the impact of each facility on human health and the environment will be assessed. Based on these priorities, large-scale cleaning will begin.

During his Address to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested using the funds received from environmental payments to improve the environment. “I also propose to“ color ”all environmental payments. And purposefully direct them to eliminate the accumulated harm and improve the environment, ”the President said.

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