It is planned that Latvian port terminals engaged in oil products or dangerous chemical substances will have to introduce evaporation emission control systems starting from 1 January 2022, which is provided by Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s developed amendments to the Law on Pollution.
As LETA was informed by the ministry, amendments were developed with a goal in mind to limit smell and evaporating chemical emissions at port terminals that appears as a result of handling of oil product and dangerous chemical cargoes.
Amendments provide that cargo operators will have to secure emission control systems for cargoes containing oil products or dangerous chemicals with reid vapour pressure of 27.6 kilopascals or more. This system will have to be installed even if maximum turnover of such products and substances exceeds 200,000 tonnes a year.
The ministry informs that Ventspils already has rules in place that state how operators that perform handling of oil products or chemical substances with RVP of 27.6 or more will have to use evaporation emission control systems from 31 May 2018. In certain cases, operators will have to perform monitoring of emissions of organic solvents and their smell.
The Cabinet of Ministers has accepted those amendments. The Saeima will have to decide on them soon.