Legal advice on the application of environmental legislation is becoming increasingly sought after in connection with big business related to mining, processing and export of natural resources, circulation of chemical and radioactive substances, the construction of large industrial facilities, and other activities.

Underestimating environmental requirements sometimes makes it economically unviable for companies to continue production activities due to large claims, fines, obligatory payments to the budget, or revocation of required licenses and permits.

GRATA Law Firm can provide you with advice on all issues of concern regarding the environmental law of Kazakhstan, including:

Advising on Environmental Permits

Production operations are usually accompanied by environmental emissions - emissions of air pollutants, waste water discharge, waste disposal into the environment and open storage of sulfur in the environment.

The Environmental Code of Kazakhstan requires that environmental emissions are made only if a company possesses an environmental permit, which sets out the specific, permissible amounts of pollution (standards of environmental emissions). According to the Tax Code, the emissions into the environment are subject to a fee payable to the budget.

Emitting without an environmental permit or exceeding emissions standards set out in a permit, results in a 10-time increase in thefee rate. In addition, this violation leads to the recovery of amounts of environmental damage and an administrative penalty (usually very large) in favor of the state.

It is no doubt then that it is easier to ensure compliance with the law than to find a way to escape liability for a violation. However, some requirements of the legislation of Kazakhstan on environmental emissions are unclear and inconsistent and they are also scattered throughout various regulations.

GRATA lawyers will help you find answers to any questions on the procedure and conditions for obtaining environmental permits, exercising the rights resulting from them, and terminating their validity. Waste ManagementPerformance of economic activities is usually associated with the formation of waste. Therefore, the majority of companies operating in Kazakhstan (mining, petroleum, metallurgy, trade, service, and many others) are subject to the requirements of the legislation of Kazakhstan on waste production and consumption.Legal regulation of waste management consists of many aspects, including classification of waste, payments for its disposal, issuing of permits for disposal into the environment, the establishment of requirements for waste storage, programming of waste management, and more. Failure to comply with the legal requirements for waste management can lead to serious negative effects such as administrative liability, tax accrual, recovery of the amount of environmental damage, and suspension of the company's operations.GRATA Law Firm can offer you advice on issues related to waste management.In particular, we provide the following consulting services:

1) checking the documents of the company in terms of waste, the production and consumption thereof (EIA, regulations of waste management, hazardous waste passports, emission permits, etc.) in order to detect violations of environmental laws and make recommendations for eliminating them;

2) analysis of individual problems and finding ways to resolve them;

3) analysis of the acts of state authorities, civil case files and administrative case files in order to assess the prospects for protecting the interests of companies involved in waste management.

Taking into account your needs and the conditions of a particular situation, we can provide you other consulting services regarding waste management. GRATA lawyers are asked a lot of different questions in the course of their work advising on issues connected with the environmental legislation of Kazakhstan. For instance, what are the criteria for classifying liquid and solid wastes as radioactive wastes? What are the requirements for the establishment of protective and sanitary protection zones or other facilities? What steps must be taken in the case of a man-made disaster at liquidated facilities? What is required by the legislation of Kazakhstan in terms of importing and using ozone destroying substances? What restrictions on the activities in the territory of reserves are established by law? What permits must be obtained for the discharge of waste water into the subsoil? And there are many others.Our lawyers are experts on the subject of Kazakhstani environmental law and are constantly refreshing their knowledge in providing consulting services, systematically summarising information on the specific problems that arise in practice, and their possible solutions. Our services can be very useful for you, and we are ready to discuss the opportunity to assist you with all your environmental law needs.



 

 

 


In the course of their careers GRATA lawyers have provided services to many large companies in oil and gas, petrochemical, gold, uranium, and other areas, as well as trade, transport and agricultural organisations. Please find below a brief description of the most relevant work done during the last two years:

  • comprehensive legal opinion on issues relating to obtaining all necessary documents for drilling works prepared for a Kazakhstani mining company;

  • advising a major oil company regarding damage compensation caused by gas flaring without a permit from the Ministry of Oil and Gas;

  • advising a major power generation company on issues regarding reduction of rate for emissions into the environment;

  • advising a local company, which owns a large internet-marketplace, on issues regarding activities within the territory of Kazakhstan, and recognition of possible risks;

  • comprehensive legal opinion on legal liability in connection with the treatment, transportation and storage of radioactive materials for a large foreign uranium company;

  • advising a large foreign oil-and-gas company on legal liability in connection with treatment, transportation and storage of oil products;

  • advising a large oil company on issues regarding a change of environmental requirements for gas flaring as a result of the adoption of the Law of RK 'On Subsoil and Subsoil Use', and issues of liability for environmental violations;

  • legal monitoring and advising on the process of collecting documents and submitting requests to the Ministry of Environmental Protection to obtain environmental permits, performed on behalf of many large oil-and-gas companies. As a result of our actions all declared environmental emissions limits have been accepted and approved by the Ministry, as reflected in the issued permits;

  • upon the request of one of the largest oil-and-gas consortia, we analysed environmental legislation regarding production and consumption of waste, prepared systematised reference material which was used by the consortium in its day-to-day production activities;

  • comprehensive legal opinion on legal liability in connection with treatment of radioactive materials for one of the largest Kazakhstani uranium producers and exporters;

  • performed a legal risks assessment regarding certain chapters of the Environmental Code of RK and prepared a plan of corrective actions for a group of subsoil users;

  • prepared a legal opinion for a large oil company regarding issues of disposal of waste waters originating from oil production;

  • prepared legal opinions on issues of economic assessment of environmental damage and gave other explanations to a number of large foreign companies regarding payment for environmental emissions;

  • advised subsoil users on legality of audits of state environmental bodies;

  • advised an oil company on drafting a contracting agreement and the need to obtain a permit for environmental emissions;

  • advised a phosphoric company on legal regulation of production wastes;

  • advised an oil company on drafting an agreement for disposal of strata waters in view of requirements of environmental legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

  • advised a foreign investment company on alternative energy business in Kazakhstan;

  • exhaustive legal opinion on issues of obtaining all necessary documents for drilling works prepared for a Kazakhstani mining company;

  • consulting a major oil company regarding damage compensation caused by gas flaring without the permit of the Ministry of Oil and Gas;

  • advising a major power generation company on issues regarding reduction of rate for emissions into the environment;

  • advising a local company, which owns a large internet-marketplace, on issues regarding activities within the territory of Kazakhstan, and recognition of possible risks;

  • prepared a comprehensive legal opinion on legal liability in connection with the treatment, transportation and storage of radioactive materials for a large foreign uranium company;

  • advised a large foreign oil-and-gas company on legal liability in connection with treatment, transportation and storage of oil products;

  • advised a large oil company on issues of change of environmental requirements to gas flaring as a result of adoption of the Law of RK 'On Subsoil and Subsoil Use', and issues of liability for environmental violations;

  • prepared a legal opinion for a large oil company regarding issues of disposal of waste waters originating from oil production;

  • prepared legal opinions on issues of economic assessment of environmental damage and gave other explanations to a number of large foreign companies regarding payment for environmental emissions;

  • advising a Kazakhstani energy company on obtaining quotas for emissions of greenhouse gas, drafting a memorandum for the Kazakhstani mining company on permissive documents required for drilling;

  • advising a Kazakhstani transport company on issues related to environmental emissions;

  • drafting a memorandum for a Kazakhstani oil company on the legal consequences of an accident at a well.

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Общий регламент EC по защите данных и российские операторы персональных данных

Общий регламент по защите данных (General Data Protection Regulation), принятый Европейским парламентом 17 декабря 2015 г. (далее - «Регламент»), вступает в силу 25 мая 2018 г. и заменит  Директиву ЕС по защите данных 95/46/EC.

07.08.2017

Regulation in the telehealthcare sector in Russia

The Federal Law No. 242-FZ dated 29 July 2017 amended certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on the use of information technologies in the area of health care providing, in particular, for features of medial aid using telehealthcare technologies, e-document flow in the medial aid provision and the establishment of the Unified State Information System in the healthcare sector.

27.03.2017

GRATA International at Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017

This year, the Chambers&Partners held their Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017 ceremony on Friday, 24th March 2017 at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore.

01.03.2017

United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) annual conference in Washington, DC

GRATA International's representative in the USA, Zulfiya Akchurina participated in the event

GRATA International participates in business events in Azerbaijan

Lawyers of GRATA International attended several business events in February

12.12.2016

Общий рынок лекарственных средств в Евразийском Экономическом Союзе: правила надлежащей клинической практики и надлежащей лабораторной практики

Среди прочих нормативных актов, направленных на реализацию Соглашения о единых принципах и правилах обращения лекарственных средств в рамках Евразийского экономического союза от 23 декабря 2014 г., 3 ноября 2016 г. Совет Евразийской экономической комиссии принял:


"Один пояс - один путь" Россия - Центральная Азия - возможности и угрозы современного Шелкового пути

27 октября 2016 года Гонконгская Ассоциация Корпоративных Юристов проведет мероприятие, организуемое компанией "Berwin Leighton Paisner", под названием: "Один пояс - один путь" Россия - Центральная Азия - возможности и угрозы современного Шелкового пути. 

GRATA International took part in the SCO Business Council meeting

On 26 August 2016, GRATA International team took part in a working experience exchange meeting of the National Business Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

GRATA International приняла участие в заседании делового Совета ШОС

26 августа 2016 года делегация Юридической фирмы GRATA International приняла участие в рабочем заседании по обмену опытом Национальной части Делового Совета Шанхайской Организации Сотрудничества.

Порядок выдачи документов о стадиях технологического процесса производства лекарственного средства на территории ЕАЭС и о соответствии производства GMP

29 июля 2016 г. вступили в силу Приказы Министерства промышленности и торговли Российской Федерации (Минпромторг России) от 31 декабря 2015 г., утвердившие:

26.05.2016

24 мая 2016 года, в г. Астана прошло ежемесячное собрание на тему: "Перспективы экономического развития Казахстана и меры поддержки инвесторов"

25 мая 2016 года в Казахском национальном университете искусств "Шабыт" г. Астана по случаю официального открытия Торгово-Промышленной Палаты Франция-

15.04.2016

GRATA International at Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific Awards 2016

This year, the Chambers&Partners held their Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2016 ceremony in Singapore on Friday, April 8th 2016.

30.03.2016

Краткие выдержки из отчетов по 10-и рынкам в Казахстане: ключевые тренды 2010-15 гг.

Публикация от наших партнеров DISCERNT research agency

07.12.2015

GRATA International организовывает бесплатный семинар: "Изменения в налоговом законодательстве РК - 2016"

25 декабря 2015 года в г.Алматы состоится бесплатный семинар для клиентов GRATA International на тему: "Изменения в налоговом законодательстве РК - 2016"

30.09.2015

GRATA International US representative in New York Ms. Zulfiya Akchurina met with Mr. Asset Issekeshev

The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly is being held at UN Headquarters in New York from September 15 to October 2, 2015

25.05.2015

Мы рады представить Вам наш комментарий к наиболее важным нормативно-правовым актам Республики Беларусь за апрель месяц 2015 года, а также новости нашей компании.

05.12.2012

GRATA Law Firm is recognized as a regional contributor to the World Bank Doing Business Report 2013

Doing Business 2013 is the 10th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.

05.10.2012

20th Anniversary Kazakhstani International Conference and Exhibition KIOGE 2012 is held in Almaty

On 4-5 October 2012, the 20th Anniversary Kazakhstani International Oil and Gas Conference KIOGE 2012 is held in Almaty. InterContinental Hotel.

02.04.2015

Newsletters of GRATA International

Our newsletter is designed to highlight certain legal developments, to inform about important news, and also upcoming events of GRATA Law Firm. Newsletters are publishing every month.

02.04.2015

Информационные Бюллетени Юридической фирмы GRATA

Данный информационный бюллетень предназначен для освещения определенных изменений в законодательстве, для информирования важных новостей, а так же о предстоящих событиях Юридической фирмы «GRATA» Информационные бюллетени выпускается ежемесячно.

12.10.2010

Interview Technique

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When it comes to interviews, this could not be truer.

29.03.2011

Confidentiality in Arbitration under Kazakhstan Law

Confidentiality is one of the main advantages of arbitration recognized in Kazakhstan and other jurisdictions.

04.04.2011

Review of normative legal acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan 19.03.2011 – 31.03.2011

This information was prepared on the basis of official publications of the Republic of Kazakhstan

25.07.2011

Rethinking Limited Liability, Article by Ali Imanalin, Lawyer, GRATA Law Firm

Both contractual and tortious claims made against a company do not affect company members when a limitation is placed on their liability for the debts of their company.

13.12.2013

С Днем Независимости Республики Казахстан!

С ДНЕМ НЕЗАВИСИМОСТИ РЕСПУБЛИКИ КАЗАХСТАН! Юридическая фирма «GRATA» от всей души поздравляет Вас с Днем Независимости!

18.12.2013

Камолиддин Мухамедов назначен Старшим Юристом Юридической фирмы «GRATA»

КАМОЛИДДИН МУХАМЕДОВ НАЗНАЧЕН СТАРШИМ ЮРИСТОМ ЮРИДИЧЕСКОЙ ФИРМЫ «GRATA» Юридическая фирма «GRATA» рада объявить о назначении Камолиддина Мухамедова в качестве Старшего Юриста в офисе фирмы в городе Душанбе (Таджикистан).


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