E40 waterway removed from Ukrainian Exclusion Zone Strategy

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The Ukrainian State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management (SAZM) kept their promise and removed the E40 waterway from the updated draft 2030 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Development Strategy. Hence, the previous section on the “Development of transport infrastructure” is not included anymore – as requested by several organisations, who argued that these plans were unacceptable. The … Read more

Former head of the Association of Seaports of Ukraine advises against E40 waterway

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The Government of Ukraine have approved the ‘Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Transport Strategy until 2030’, which includes the development of the E40 waterway. The ‘Transport Strategy’ serves as a guidance document for the development of the Ukrainian transport sector. According to the ‘action plan’, the Ministry of Infrastructure as well as … Read more

Ukrainian State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management agrees to remove E40 waterway from their strategy

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A section outlining plans for the construction of the E40 waterway through the Ukrainian Chernobyl exclusion zone will be removed from the draft 2030 Exclusion Zone Development Strategy. This revision was announced by a representative of the State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management (SAZM) during an online meeting on February 11 2021. Attendees of the … Read more

Ukrainian Ministry insists on Environmental Assessments of E40 Waterway

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The Ukrainian Minister of Environment, Roman Abramovsky, has stated that “the Ministry will insist on Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessments” being carried out before work on the E40 waterway moves forward. Abramovsky made this statement on Facebook following a meeting with a group of environmental activists and NGOs, held at the Ministry of … Read more

No Economic Case for the E40 Waterway Expert Study Reveals

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Unacceptably high costs and risks associated with the E40 waterway, yet the programme is moving forward. The costs as well as the risks associated with the planned E40 waterway are unacceptably high – according to an expert economic assessment conducted by three leading business associations of Belarus. The study’s authors analysed the 2015 E40 waterway … Read more

Dredging of the Pripyat river started within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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28 million people could be exposed to increased radiation risk if dredging proceeds The limited liability company ‘SOBI’ proudly announced that they started to dredge the Pripyat river as part of the construction of the E40 waterway. The works take place within the Chernobyl exclusion zone – the most contaminated area of the world – … Read more

Ukrainian state agency permits river dredging in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority plans to dig the Pripyat river despite protests of ecologists and scientists The State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) has granted permission to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) to deepen the Pripyat river in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This is reported on the website of the … Read more

Ukrainian government forced to postpone dredging for E40 waterway due to fish spawning

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In early January, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced that the dredging of the Pripyat river in Ukraine is projected to start as soon as the water level is high enough for shipping. However, as the spawning of fish started, any work on the river is forbidden as of March 20th. Modernization measures on the … Read more