Llicenses and environmental permission documentation
IDGC of Urals has a license for collection, transportation, processing, utilization, deactivation, dumping of hazard Class I-IV waste (066 No.00565 dated as of 12.01.2017 in terms of transportation of hazard Class I-IV waste). The Company complies with all license requirements in full.
It extracts groundwater to satisfy own drinking and production needs in line with the extraction licenses, presented by the figure:
Environmental permission documentation is presented by the figure:
|Title||Prepared and adopted as of 31.12.2015||Prepared and adopted in 2016||Related expenses in 2016, RUB thousand||Required in total|
|Draft of waste generation norm and waste disposal limits||65||8||292.9||91|
|Draft of maximum permitted emissions||52||6||926.65||61|
|Draft of allowable discharge rate||-||-||-||-|
|Draft of sanitary protection zone||49||2||550.0||55|
|Draft of artesian well sanitary protection zone||1||-||-||1|
Permenergo and Chelyabenergo branches prepare drafts of waste generation norms and waste disposal limits for each distribution zone, with Sverdlovenergo branch preparing the documentation for each production department (comprising all distribution zones). A draft of maximum permitted emissions of our Permenergo branch is prepared for each distribution zone, drafts of maximum permitted emissions of our Sverdlovenergo and Chelyabenergo branches are prepared for each production department (comprising all distribution zones). The drafts are prepared with allowances made for their maturity and cover all sites. In 2016 all branches have submitted technical memorandums on operation consistency, usable materials and waste treatment to have waste disposal limits for all production departments prolonged. The Company also obtained permits for air emissions.
Progress in environmental action
IDGC of Urals enforces the integrated management system into its operations. The environmental management system, compliant with ISO 14001:2004 “Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use”, is one of its integral elements. The compliance is confirmed by certificate No.15.1170.026 dated as of 26.06.2015. By enforcing the ISO requirements IDGC of Urals strives to achieve the following goals in the sphere of environment protection:
- Reduction of risks and prevention of threats of negative impact on the environment in the course of operations;
- Compliance with Russian environment protection laws;
- Efficient management of natural resources.
In 2016 the Company carried out several scheduled environmental actions (waste treatment lectures, waste treatment emergency response drills, induction briefings, acquisition of demercurization kits, arrangement of temporary waste accumulation areas, industrial and laboratory environmental monitoring) to promote environmental literacy and awareness among employees, to develop waste negative impact recovery skills and reduce negative impact on environment, when waste is stored, loaded or transported.
Air protection activities
Motor vehicles (motor vehicle storage shed, open air or indoor car parks) are the primary air contamination source. Stationary sources (such as: welding stations, lathes or drills) have a minor negative impact on the environment. Priority pollutants are nitrogen and sulphur dioxides, carbon oxide and petroleum. The Company has no dust and gas collectors, since its emissions of pollutants and other substances into the atmosphere are insignificant. No noise screens are required. In 2016 the Company conducted laboratory and instrumental surveys in line with the MPE oversight action plan at its production sites. The surveys of air quality at the Company’s production sites showed no trace of excess of pollutant emission MAC. Noise intensity complies with SN 2.2.4/126.96.36.1992-96 sanitary standard.
Protection and sustainable use of water resources
In 2016 the Company carried out laboratory surveys of groundwater quality at its artesian wells. Compliance with license agreements on the use of subsurface resources to extract fresh groundwater is also strictly monitored. All facilities are furnished with water meters that undergo regular calibration tests. There are no local waste water treatment and reverse water supply systems as they are not provided by design. Since the Company does not use water objects, no contracts on water use were concluded and no allocative decisions on the use of water object were made. Since wells are in use, they were not tamped and suspended.
Wastes from the Company’s operations are stored at specially equipped waste accumulation locations (containers, reservoirs, sites located on impervious surface), easily accessible for lifting devices and motor vehicles:
- Class I wastes (mercury-vapor lamps) are stored in sealed labeled metal containers.
- Class III wastes (oily rags, greasy waste, waste batteries) are stored in sealed labeled metal containers. Used petroleum products (oils) are stored in labeled sealed tanks, located on impervious surface in perimeter-wise basins or in undertanks to exclude soil and storm sewer pollution.
- Class IV-V wastes (tires, tire inner tubes, ferrous steel scrap, stubs, metal chips) are stored at labeled waste accumulation locations or metal containers.
Soil and air near waste accumulation locations undergo in-process inspections to monitor pollution index. No excess of pollutant emission MAC was detected. In-process environment inspections are conducted in consort with the approved schedule. Wastes are disposed of by specialized firms with waste management licenses.
Technical arrangements, including but not limited to:
decommissioning of PCB-bearing equipment
In 2016 313/9.037 t. capacitors with trichlorodiphenyl were disposed of. We have received a System Operator’s and Sverdlovsk Ministry of Energy’s permission to decommission the static capacitor bank with 2,874 elements at “Cheremukhovskaya” substation (Sverdlovenergo’s Serov Electric Grids PD). Since disposal process requires heavy spending, it is scheduled for 2018-2020. Salvage of “Mikhailovskaya” substation capacitors (Sverdlovenergo’s Western Electric Grids PD) is a part of the design and refurbishment specification of the substation. After receiving approvals of the specification, we will include the reconstruction of “Mikhailovskaya” substation and relevant expenditures into the investment program to be implemented by 2025.
installation of bird protection devices
Our Chelyabenergo branch has installed 20 bird protection devices (Yetkulsky and Krasnoarmeysky districts). To enforce regulatory requirements and enhance ornithological safety of power facilities the 2017-2021 implementation schedule of 6-10 kV power line bird protection system for Chelyabenergo’s production departments was set by a Chelyabenergo’s decree. Our Sverdlovenergo branch has mounted 90 bird protection devices on its facilities.
The table of the most important environment protection measures implemented during 2016, relevant expenses and effect:
|Measures||Physical volume||Funding, RUB thousand||Brief description of the effect|
|Disposal of wastes by specialized firms with waste management licenses||117.82 tons||826.0||Reduction of negative impact on environment, reduction of soil pollution by production and consumer wastes|
|Laboratory surveys of air quality, oversight of MAC compliance in sanitary protection zones, soil examination.||6,879 probes||1,748.15||Requirement of SanPiN 2.2.1./188.8.131.520-03 sanitary standard on sanitary protection zones and sanitary classification of enterprises, installations and other facilities. Confirmation of compliance with MAC and physical coercion levels.|
|Preparation of temporary waste accumulation locations||61 locations||2,309.0||Reduction of risks of soil pollution by production and consumer wastes.|
|Acquisition of sealed containers for temporary waste accumulation||47 sealed containers||181.77||Reduction of risks of soil pollution by production and consumer wastes.|
|Salvage of used capacitors||313 capacitors/9,037 tons||544.08||Compliance with the Stockholm Convention on prohibition of use, production and elimination of PCB-bearing equipment, reduction of negative impact from top priority wastes.|
|Preparation of a draft of maximum permitted emissions||6 drafts||926.65||Limitation of negative impact, exclusion of above-limit payments and fines|
|Preparation of a draft of waste generation norm and waste disposal limits||8 drafts||292.9||Limitation of negative impact, exclusion of above-limit payments and fines|
|Acquisition of demercurization kits||24 kits||80.86||Reduction of negative impact of top priority wastes on environment and health.|
|Air emissions charge||60.78||30.27|
|Above the allowable level||1||3.37|
|Water emissions charge||481.62||-|
|Above the allowable level||481.62||-|
|Above the allowable level||516.76||1,279.09|
|Above the allowable level||999.38||1,282.46|
Air emissions charge dropped due to the abolished mobile source fee and changed negative impact charges. Production and consumer waste charge escalated due to increased number of landfills, having no licenses and being out of the state register of waste disposal sites. Besides, in 2015 it was landfills that paid negative environmental impact charges but since 01.01.2016 any waste-producing user of nature is to pay a waste disposal fee. There is no water emission charge since 01.01.2016, as stated by clause 1 article 16 of Federal Law No.7-FZ.
Environmental costs in 2015-2016:
|Soil protection (incl. processing of production and consumer wastes)||9,650||8,908|
|SEM implementation and operations||0||0|
All scheduled measures are implemented in full. Arranged tender procedures helped us slightly reduce environmental costs.