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Riga Fertilizer Terminal - a ticking time bomb

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn July 26, 2011, Riga City Council approved establishment of a port terminal «Riga fertilizer terminal» on the island of Kundzinsala for handling and storing mineral fertilizers. Of the terminal’s capacity – 2 million tons per year, ammonium nitrate of all kinds will make up 52% or 1.05 million tons of cargo.

Ammonium nitrate, an extremely explosive and fire hazardous product, is widely used for terrorist purposes. It was also used by terrorists for the bombings in the United States, Britain, Spain, Norway, Turkey, Afghanistan, India, Middle East, Russia and other countries. It is exactly for this reason why many states have taken drastic measures to limit the amount of ammonium nitrate located in their territory. For example, Ireland, China, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and the Philippines have banned using ammonium nitrate in agriculture.

However, the Riga City Council has agreed to build a terminal for handling and storing ammonium nitrate near terminals operating with petroleum products and liquefied gas. This implies about 4,000 tons of ammonium nitrate will travel by rail via the center of the capital of Latvia each day. It is impossible to guarantee safe transport of these hazardous chemicals along the entire route.

Furthermore, according to the decision of the Riga City Council, «Riga fertilizer terminal» is allowed to store 90,000 tonnes of all kinds of ammonium nitrate. No port in the entire world is allowed to store more than 5 000 tons of this product.

Initiators of the project have been using the mass media to claim that the project is going to be highly beneficial for the city. Moreover, the permission was backed by the conclusion of the State Environmental Supervision Office that the terminal will not be dangerous for the environment or the health and life of Riga residents.

Independent experts in the field of ports operations, environmental protection, life safety and terrorism express reasonable doubt on the integrity and objectivity of the Riga City Council decision. Experts give strong arguments why various stages of «Riga fertilizer terminal» construction project agreement lack transparency and formal public debate. The company has misled about the exceptional economic benefit to the city and the matter of the country handling and storing ammonium nitrate is highly questionable. Most importantly, the project conceals what mortal danger it poses to the inhabitants of Riga.

If people do not pay close attention to this disastrous decision taken on July 26, 2011, by Riga City Council, the capital of Latvia will turn into a ticking time bomb.

The entire investigation will be published on bnn-news.com.


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  1. Pop says:

    Let”s see whether Latvians will stand up or wait for an explosion…

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  2. Victor says:

    What surprises me the most is that no port in the world allows something like that. Guess something like that is possible only in Latvia.

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  3. Kim says:

    Why haven’t environmentalists looked into this sooner? Guess everyone in Latvia is corrupt.

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    • Samanta says:

      Well maybe they have tried to investigate the matter, but the paper work imposed by the city council has scared them away…

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  4. Kerl_R says:

    In the terrorism context, nuclear power plants are no less dangerous than such a terminal … but does it mean that countries have to entirely give up such projects and undermine their growth?

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  5. Yuri says:

    Well, Latvia cannot measure up with big countries and ensure immediate environmental accident prevention. So it better not play with fire.

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