The Law on the Modification of Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine to Preserve the Natural Environment (Concerning the Reinforcement of Liability for Actions Aimed at Polluting and Destroying the Air or Damaging Objects of the Plant World) was published in the parliamentary newspaper Voice of Ukraine.
The text of the law is also published on the publication’s website.
The law will come into force the day after its publication.
As reported by Ukrinform, the law significantly increases fines for air pollution, destruction or damage to objects in the plant world, violation of fire safety requirements in forests and unauthorized burning of the dry vegetation or its residues.
Thus, pollution or other modifications of the natural properties of atmospheric air are harmful to life, human health or the environment by substances, waste or other materials of industrial or other production due to the violation of special rules, if this creates a danger to life, human health or the environment, will be punished with a fine of eighteen cents to three thousand six hundred minimum income tax-exempt for citizens (from 30 600 UAH to 61,200 UAH) or a restriction of freedom for a maximum period of three liters with the deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or to exercise certain activities during the same period.
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For the destruction or damage of forests, green spaces around settlements, along railways, as well as thatch, dry wild grasses, vegetation or their debris on agricultural land by fire or any other generally dangerous method, a fine of five thousand four hundred to nine thousand excluding taxes minimum income of citizens (from 91,800 to 153,000 UAH) or restriction of liberty for a period of two to five years or imprisonment for the same period.
Violation of fire safety requirements in forests will result in a fine for citizens of ninety to two hundred and seventy minimum income tax-exempt citizens (from 1,530 to 4,590 UAH) and for officials – from two hundred seventy to nine hundred minimum income tax-exempt citizens (from 4,590 UAH to 15,300 UAH).
The destruction or damage to the forest resulting from careless handling of the fire, as well as the violation of fire safety requirements in the forests, resulting in a forest fire or its spread over a large area, will result in a fine for the citizens of two hundred seventy to nine hundred minimum income exempt from tax of citizens (from 4,590 UAH to 15,300 UAH) and for civil servants – from six hundred thirty to one thousand eighty minimum non-taxable income of citizens (from 10,710 UAH to 18,360 UAH).
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At the same time, it is proposed that the burning of stubble, meadows, pastures, steppe areas, wetlands and other natural plants, vegetation or its debris and fallen leaves on agricultural land , in the grip of roads and railways, in parks and other green spaces and lawns in the colonies without respecting the procedure established by the central executive authority, ensuring the formation of state policy in the field of environmental protection, resulting in a fine is imposed on citizens of one hundred eighty to three hundred and sixty minimum income tax-exempt citizens (from 3,060 UAH to 6,120 UAH) and to civil servants – from nine hundred to one thousand two hundred and sixty minimum income tax-exempt for citizens (from 15,300 UAH to 21,420 UAH).
The same actions undertaken in the territories and objects of the nature reserve fund will result in a fine for citizens of three hundred sixty to seven hundred and twenty non-taxable minimum income of citizens (from 6,120 UAH to 12,240 UAH) and for civil servants – from one thousand two hundred and sixty to one thousand eight hundred minimum income tax-exempt citizens (21,420 UAH to 36,000 UAH).
As Ukrinform pointed out, the law “amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine with a view to preserving the natural environment (concerning the strengthening of responsibility for actions aimed at polluting the air and destroying or damaging the objects of the vegetable world) “(no. 2339) was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada at an extraordinary meeting on April 13. On the same day, it was immediately signed by the president of the Verkhovna Rada and on April 15 by the president.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru