KPO regularly submits construction projects and related environmental measures to the public for discussion and approval
While planning and constructing new facilities it is important for KPO to take into consideration the public opinion on environmental issues and use of natural resources. Transparency of state environmental expertise and publics’ engagement in decision-making are ensured through public hearings. KPO provides an opportunity to all interested citizens and public associations to express their opinion at public hearings. Public comments and suggestions are reviewed by the Company and contribute to better quality development of project documentation.
In 2022, KPO held public hearings on the construction projects «Expansion of Karachaganak 1. 2nd stage of construction», «KPC. Construction of a new caustic neutralization complex (adjustment)». According to the requirements of the Environmental Code of the Republic of Qazaqstan, public hearings were held in the form of open meetings in 4 rural districts.
Information about planned public hearings was communicated to the representatives of interested government bodies and the public through publications in regional and district newspapers, local television and radio channels, on information boards at rural districts akimats, as well as through the Unified Environmental Portal.
All the projects discussed at the public hearings in 2022 were approved by the interested government bodies and the public. The results of the hearings are reflected in the relevant minutes. A package of documents submitted for public hearings, as well as the results of the discussion, are available on the website https://ecoportal.kz/.
Public hearing sessions are attended by local authorities’ representatives, concerned regulatory bodies, media, general public, KPO and its contractor project companies. People in the audience have an opportunity to receive information concerning the KPO scheduled projects and, environmental activities and raise their questions. Mostly, the public is interested in matters about the projects’ timelines, volume of emissions and measures to reduce them, methods of waste management and soil reclamation after the activities` completion. Representatives of KPO and project companies address all questions in full.