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Press conference “Tailings Storage Facilities: Threats to Transboundary Waters of Ukraine” 02.03.2021


Today, March 2, 2021, at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center, representatives of competent authorities, international organizations and the expert community discussed the main technical and legislative aspects of TSFs identified under the research in the Donbass and the Dniester River Basin.

The press conference is organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine. Speakers:

  • Karin Rolke, Senior Project Officer at OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine
  • Tamara Kutonova, Regional Project Co-ordinator, GEF
  • Iryna Nikolaieva, PhD, Team Leader of TSF Research, Environmental Safety Expert, Consultant to OSCE projects
  • Max Linsen, Environmental Affairs Consultant, UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
  • Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, the German Environmental Protection Agency (UBA), Germany
  • Olena Koltyk, Director of the Department of Waste Management and Environmental Safety, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
  • Taras Polishchuk, Head of the Department of technogenic safety of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine
  • Ruslan Grechanyk, Head of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of Lviv Region State Administration
  • Yurii Aknievskyi, Director of PJSC “Bakhmut Agrarian Union”
  • Moderator: Tetiana Troshchynska, Editor-in-Chief at Hromadske Radio

Nikolaieva Iryna told about the research of the TSFs conducted for the last three years (2018-2020). It is noted that the research results demonstrated a trend of excessive and unregulated accumulation of industrial waste since Soviet times.

Studying in practice various aspects of tailings management for compliance with the legal requirements of Ukraine, there is a clear deficit of quality state regulation of industrial waste management, including waste from the extractive industry. It is extremely important for Ukraine to have a unified legislative document in the status of secondary legislation that will define clear standards of environmental and technogenic safety of TSFs.

To that end, it is necessary to consider TSFs while implementing reforms to approximate Ukrainian legislation in accordance with European law.


Presentation “Summary of Tailings Storage Facilities Research in the Dniester River Basin and in the Eastern Region of Ukraine” in Ukrainian, in English

More information and video of presentations can be found here:

in Ukrainian

in Englishч

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