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VNT doubts the actual situation with source of stench in Ventspils has been checked

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUVentspils nafta terminals denies accusations voiced against the company in relation to the spread of petroleum stench in Ventspils last week, although the company did not perform any cargo operations in the respective period.

The complaints were filed by representatives of the State Environmental Service, of which one resides in Tukums and another one is the head of monitoring department of Ventspils Regional Environmental Board (VREB). On 3 December 2016, the deputy director of VREB noted strong petroleum stenches in Ventspils and demanded for a VNT representative to physically come to the location – Market Square (Tirgus laukums), where the stenches had been noted. Upon arrival and meeting the head of monitoring department of VREB, the VNT representative informed that VNT is not performing any active cargo operations and hence cannot be the cause of any stenches observed in the city. The above stated facts indicate that the officials of the State Environmental Service have not performed any investigation or verification prior to making their claims, as the company mentioned in its statement to the media.

VNT adds that such instances only serve to raise doubts about the overall competence of environmental authorities, should be governed by objectivity and solid facts when performing their duties.

«Instead, in the context of Ventspils and especially with respect to VNT, the same authorities are guided mainly by speculation. Furthermore the local media outlets apply the same approach by publishing untruthful and biased articles,» VNT added in its statement.

Ventspils nafta terminals, in reference to the information published on the official municipal webpage www.ventspils.lv and www.ventasbalss.lv on 2 December 2016 regarding stenches related to oil products in the city of Ventspils, implicitly rejects its connection with the stenches and points out that in the respective period – 1 December 2016 – several port operators were performing cargo operations at the port of Ventspils.

After having received complaints from Ventspils Regional Environmental Board, VNT responded by adjusting its operations and started an investigation according to its standard procedure – reduced the loading speed, inspected and monitored the actual situation in the city. VNT specialists examined the areas of complaints in person and objectively concluded that the identified stenches are not related to the operation of VNT.

VNT is continuously committed to elevating environmental protection standards. As part of its commitment VNT is putting its efforts to install and operate a permanent Vapor Recovery Unit.

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