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VNT: instead of looking for flaws, risk assessment committee asks for more information

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUVentspils nafta termināls emphasises that the information published by the Environmental Monitoring Division of Ventspils City Council is not objectively presented, as the Risk Assessment Committee of the State Environmental Bureau has not identified deficiencies in the document submitted by VNT, but requested additional information as part of the Report’s review process.

VNT representative Janina Biteniece states that on 17 November 2016, VNT submitted an updated Report with the current data to the State Environmental Bureau. In accordance with legislation and guided by the principles of the constructive dialogue between involved parties, the Risk Assessment Committee, also including a representative from the Environmental Monitoring Division of Ventspils City Council, was entitled to invite VNT representative for clarifications, if so required. However, VNT has not received any invitation.

On 30 January 2017 VNT received a letter from the State Environmental Bureau with a request to provide additional information to a number of questions, and the deadline for providing answers is 30 November 2017. Furthermore, in its letter the committee states that VNT emergency risk assessment is developed at a sufficiently high level.

«Safety has always been and remains the priority at VNT,» says VNT representative.

The terminal is certified in compliance with requirements of international standards of quality management ISO 9001:2008, environmental management ISO 14001:2004 and occupational health and safety system management OHSAS 18001. VNT undergoes annual complex state inspections conducted by representatives from the State Environmental Service, Ventspils Freeport Authority, Environmental Monitoring Division of Ventspils City Council, State Labour Inspectorate, Consumer Rights Protection Centre and State Fire-fighting and Rescue Service, as BNN was informed by VNT representative.

Internally the company pays specific and constant attention to all aspects of safety, including but not limited to, frequent crisis management trainings and civil defence drills, involvement of employees in safety observations and their encouragement to search for improvement opportunities, contractor safety program, regular safety meetings, as well as significant investments into labour protection and equipment integrity, Biteniece added.

Moreover, VNT is the only company in Ventspils that participated in the complex state civil defence drill “STORMEX 2016” to practice its response readiness and mutual cooperation. In its interaction with the community, VNT is providing lectures on civil defence and fire safety to Ventspils schools.

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