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PGO recovers UAH 4 mln from State Food and Grain Corporation for air pollution in Sumy region

KYIV. Jan 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Prosecutors of the Specialized Environmental Prosecutor’s Office of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) have obtained through the Supreme Court a recovery from JSC State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine in the amount of UAH 4 million of damage caused by air pollution in Sumy region, according to the PGO website.

The Office noted that the prosecutors proved the fact of operation of Grain Corporation’s 69 stationary sources of emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere for nine months without obtaining a license, and also obtained the recovery of UAH 4 million of damage from the violator.

“Leaving no attempts to avoid responsibility for their illegal actions, the Corporation appealed the decision to satisfy the prosecutor’s claim to the court of cassation. At the same time, the Supreme Court agreed with the prosecutor’s arguments and dismissed the defendant’s cassation appeal,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.

JSC State Food and Grain Corporation was established by the government of Ukraine in August 2010. It includes an extensive network of branches: linear and port elevators, mills, feed and cereals factories. In total, 53 divisions-branches of the corporation can store 3.7 million tonnes of grain, including about 2.5 million tonnes per year of total capacities for shipment of grain cargo for export in Odesa and Mykolaiv ports.