Ports will have to in­stall cargo evap­o­ra­tion emis­sion con­trol sys­tems

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It is planned that Lat­vian port ter­mi­nals en­gaged in oil prod­ucts or dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal sub­stances will have to in­tro­duce evap­o­ra­tion emis­sion con­trol sys­tems start­ing from 1 Jan­uary 2022, which is pro­vided by En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­istry’s de­vel­oped amend­ments to the Law on Pol­lu­tion.

As LETA was in­formed by the min­istry, amend­ments were de­vel­oped with a goal in mind to limit smell and evap­o­rat­ing chem­i­cal emis­sions at port ter­mi­nals that ap­pears as a re­sult of han­dling of oil prod­uct and dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal car­goes. Amend­ments pro­vide that cargo op­er­a­tors will have to se­cure emis­sion con­trol sys­tems for car­goes con­tain­ing oil prod­ucts or dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals with reid vapour pres­sure of 27.6 kilo­pas­cals or more. This sys­tem will have to be in­stalled even if max­i­mum turnover of such prod­ucts and sub­stances ex­ceeds 200,000 tonnes a year. The min­istry in­forms that Ventspils al­ready has rules in place that state how op­er­a­tors that per­form han­dling of oil prod­ucts or chem­i­cal sub­stances with RVP of 27.6 or more will have to use evap­o­ra­tion emis­sion con­trol sys­tems from 31 May 2018. In cer­tain cases, op­er­a­tors will have to per­form mon­i­tor­ing of emis­sions of or­ganic sol­vents and their smell.

The Cabi­net of Min­is­ters has ac­cepted those amend­ments. The Saeima will have to de­cide on them soon.

Ieva Lūka/LETA

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