Most of the rivers of Ukraine in a sorry state

Today in Ukraine, 88% of the ecological state of the rivers and their basins, according to the classification of water quality, defined as disastrous. This, as the correspondent ForUm'a, said Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka at the board meeting on the status of the rule of law and human rights activities in the field of water relations.

According to the Attorney General, the most polluted basins of the Dniester, Danube, Western Bug, Seversky Donets River and Azov.

"Sea of Azov in general by an ecological disaster. Whereas previously there were 114 species of fish, of which the total catch was about 300,000 tonnes a year, now it has decreased to six times "- in particular, he said, and added:" The situation is no better, and the main water artery of Ukraine — Dnipro river, which is of strategic importance to ensure the life of our people "

Pshonka addressed the audience at the board of managers of the State Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Environmental Inspectorate, the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing, pointing out glaring weaknesses in their institutions.

In particular, the Attorney General noted that, in spite of the threatening situation of drinking water in the past, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing on the reconstruction and technical re-equipment of water treatment plants in the region had not been given a single hryvnia. "State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine for 16 years has not taken steps to implement the declared back in 1995 in the Water Code of Ukraine basin approach to water governance", — said Pshonka and said: "And the Ministry of Environment in this situation at all took a supervisory position left unchecked activities of the above agencies. "

Also, according to the Prosecutor General, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine has not yet developed a national drinking water standards, hygiene and control of its quality.

Talking about the problems in the field of water relations, Pshonka also drew attention to the way in which the law enforcement agencies to help prevent crime in the area. "Across the country, the internal affairs authorities opened about 500 criminal cases related to crimes in the field of water resources, of which the court indictment, sent a total of five. With seven cases are closed due to lack of evidence. Thus, you can not name a single current case against the executives of large companies, which can be accused of unauthorized discharges of waste, water pollution, and mass death of fish, "- he said.

The reasons for the current situation in the field of water relations Attorney General called the lack of an integrated approach to problem solving. Pshonka also said that, based on in-depth analysis of the issue and study the experience of other countries prosecutors he approved the decision to establish the vertical prosecution system that provides comprehensive monitoring of compliance with environmental regulations in the river Dnepr. In this regard, by decree of October 4 this year, Attorney General on the rights created Dnipro regional environmental prosecutor's office, which consists of six inter-regional environmental prosecutors: Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Kyiv, Kremenchug, and Kakhovskaya Ochakovskaya. Pshonka added that the authority of the prosecutor also expanded to 10 regions of the country: Mr. Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kiev, Kirovograd, Poltava, Kherson, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv region.

Lera Nezhin

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