Azerbaijani Economy 18 january — 17:37

Ilham Aliyev delivered death blow to ferrous metals mafia

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BY ECONOMICS SECTION

A few hours ago, President Ilham Aliyev approved amendments to the Law 'On industrial and domestic waste' adopted by the Milli Majlis (Parliament) at the end of last year. The presidential decree has been published on the official website of the President of Azerbaijan. The new law is intended to put an end to the mafia of ferrous metals in Azerbaijan. As reports Azeri Daily, Azerbaijan is tightening demands in connection with the reception of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The corresponding changes are reflected in the Law 'On industrial and domestic waste.'

It should be noted that these changes were the result of a series of investigations carried out over the past two months by Azeri Daily in connection with the activities of numerous handicraft shops of ferrous metallurgy, which poison the air in Baku and produce low-grade and dangerous products.

This is how handicraft shops look like that poison Baku and supply low-quality products to the market:

These investigations attracted attention at the leadership level of the country, and the relevant authorities were tasked with eliminating the chaos that has reigned over the years in the field of reception and remelting of non-ferrous and ferrous waste, as well as the manufacture of construction materials from them.

After adopting legislative changes submitted to the Milli Majlis, it is expected that radiation and explosive waste will no longer be taken to handicraft workshops.

According to clause 12 of this law, the management of non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes from individuals and legal entities should be carried out in accordance with the rules determined by Azerbaijani legislation.

According to the additions to this paragraph, only business entities registered in the state register as potentially hazardous objects can carry out activities on receiving waste of non-ferrous and ferrous metals, as well as their remelting.

The rules for accepting non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes, as well as the requirements for the source, their accounting, checking for radiation and explosive hazards, are approved by the authority determined by the relevant Executive Authority.

Acceptance and remelting of non-ferrous and ferrous wastes of unknown origin or illegally obtained, as well as the lack of verification of radiation and explosive hazards entail responsibility. Responsibility also entails the acceptance and remelting of non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes on the part of business entities that are not registered in the state register as potentially hazardous objects.

It is noted that these legislative amendments have been prepared with the aim of regulating the process of receiving non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes and increasing control and transparency in this area.

Thus, after the approval of these amendments, the acceptance and remelting of non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes will be carried out by business entities that have been registered as potentially hazardous objects.

Reception, accounting and verification of radiation and explosive safety of non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes will be carried out on the basis of the relevant rules. In this regard, changes are made to the Code of Administrative Offences.

According to paragraph 276.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, for not registering potentially dangerous objects in the state register individuals face fines of 500-1,000 manats, officials 2,500–3,500 manats, and legal entities from 5,000 to 10,000 manats.

According to another added paragraph 457.1 (violation of the rules for the reception of non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes), it is noted that for:

- Reception of non-ferrous and ferrous waste of unknown and illegal origin;

- Reception of waste non-ferrous and ferrous metals from individuals without the requirement of identity documents;

- Reception of waste of non-ferrous and ferrous metals without checking for radiation and explosive danger;

- The remelting of non-ferrous and ferrous metal wastes at potentially hazardous facilities not registered in the state register, individuals face a fine of 100-200 manats, officials - 400-600 manats, and legal entities from 1,000 to 2,000 manats.

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