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Riga Fertilizer Terminal could become a threat to Riga

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Аuthor: Lita Krone/LETAThe chosen location and the planned transshipment volume of mineral fertilizers, including potentially explosive materials, presents a threat to the whole of Riga, not just Kundzinsala, said the Chairman of Kundzinsala Association Maris Jansons when commenting the recent tragic events in Texas, USA.

“The Texas tragedy makes us think just what can we, Riga residents, learn from all this. I believe the responsible services and municipal enterprises need to ensure that all safety measures are in place at Riga Fertilizer Terminal (RFT), as well as decide if their number is adequate enough to ensure the safety of outlying populated areas. They should also consider the fact that the terminal is planned to store high volumes of potentially explosive materials”, – he said.

In 2011, Riga City Council had given the holder of the controlling package of RFT – Russian businessman Dmitry Mazepin’s owned Urazhem Freight Ltd. – the right to annually transship two million tons of mineral fertilizers in Riga. Ammonium nitrate forms nearly half of this volume. This potentially explosive compound is one of the contents of mineral fertilizers.

“We can say that such incidents rarely happen, but if they do happen, the consequences are usually unpredictable and highly destructive. This is why it is vital to have security measures at RFT be followed by the book”, – Jansons said.

BNN previously reported that an explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday, April 17, night in the area of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries.


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  1. jj says:

    ‘all safety measures are in place’????

    All safety measures were in place in Texas. Just as well it was a lot smaller a town than Riga!

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  2. ana says:

    I live in Riga and don’t find myself the citizen living in a complete lack of information about any important processes going on around my home as well as abroad, although I have been traveling recently. But the almost complete information vacuum in LV media about this very serious topic (just some 10min journey away from my home) lasting for the last 2 years (as the project was endorsed in 2011), as i got to know about it just now, is deafening and makes me shivers.

    So, I have to consider, that in case something would go wrong there, on RFT , for example, tomorrow, I wouldn’t have had a democratic/humane/legal chance to choose whether to leave the place with my family or to risk our own health and lives by staying and accepting the “developmental rules”.

    but then again, may be that “they” were attentively avoiding just another wave of mass emigration, as everything is safely well calculated. so, we should thank those ones for keeping my mind calm for these years, and give some jet another annual prize for the best architecture..

    i keep hoping it won’t be too late tomorrow for choosing a safer and more open environment for my home.

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