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Emsis’s owned company suspected of breaching Waste Management Law

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Indulis Emsis

Latvia’s State Environment Service (VVD) has commenced an administrative case against hazardous waste management company SIA Eco Sistem Serviss. One of its co-owners is ex-prime minister and one of the founders of Latvia’s Green Party Indulis Emsis.

As reported by VVD public relations specialist Maruta Bukleviča, VVD Daugavpils region’s environment office has found serious violations with operations of hazardous waste manager Eko Sistem Serviss, because the company continued collecting hazardous waste whilst ignoring the requirement of the Waste Management Law on financial security. Bukleviča explains that such behaviour is considered performance of operations without a B category permit.

She says the company has a history of committing violations when it comes to storage of hazardous waste in the amount that exceeds amounts permitted by the B category permit. The company was applied with an administrative fine for that.

«VVD Daugavpils Office has commenced an administrative violation case for performing operations without an appropriate permit. Such a violation is punished with a fine from EUR 500 to EUR 2 900,» says Bukleviča.

VVD representative explains that the Waste Management Law states that waste manager who perform waste collection and storage and that financial security needs to be present for the entire time to ensure guaranteed presence of funds in case the company is no longer able to perform its duties and the state is forced to step in and participate in organization of collection of stored and non-recycled waste and management.

Performing operations without financial security is considered performance of operations without a permit. It is a serious violation of waste management regulations, VVD explains.

The territory supervised by VVD Daugavpils Office covers a total of 73 companies provided with B category permits to work with hazardous waste. 33 of them have not submitted information about their financial security, adds Buklēviča.

Several of them have submitted explanations to VVD Daugavils, saying that insurance companies and credit institutions refused to issue first demand letter of guarantee or insurance policy.

«Regulations do not provide for extension of financial security submission term. This is why environment inspectors, while performing their duties in controlling operations of waste management companies, will pay more attention to this fact from now on. If companies do not have financial security, warnings and administrative fines will be applied,» says Bukleviča.

VVD invites companies that produce waste to hand them to waste management companies. Residents are urged to not work with waste management companies that do not comply with requirements of the Waste Management Law in regards to financial security, says VVD representative.

In a conversation with LETA, Emsis could not say anything about violations committed by Eko Sistem Serviss. He said he ‘get out of touch’ with the company some seven years ago. «I am surprised to hear the company has not sorted it documents. I no longer have any part in this company,» claims the ex-prime minister.


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