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janissuipe Jun 18, 2019 07:59 PM
Deliberate ketazine spill. ~1000 tons. How dangerous is this?
During April and May approximately 500 to 1000 metric tons of chemical waste was spilled in 20 places, mostly onto rural dirt roads, on the side of wheat fields or in a ditch next to dirt roads.
This fact was made public at the end of May, the delay was so that the police could catch the truck driver. They did, he's under arrest. The preliminary analysis of the VVD (Our EPA) stated that the pollutant is possibly ketazine a byproduct of POROFOR (AZODICARBONAMIDE) manufacturing.
Here are some videos of the spill:
The videos contain the info I have laid out here.
https://www.facebook.com/pl[…]ideos%2F2215514648544196%2F
https://www.lsm.lv/raksts/z[…]e_ffjpdPrmgWMAWDUnTWRr1ryKI
Map of the spills:
http://www.vvd.gov.lv/[…]/bilde%20Evita%20gatava.png
The pollutant is brownish and when evaporates makes brownish crystals. During these past two months it has evaporated or seeped into the ground leaving scorched dead plants and small animals. The VVD say that this stuff is a localized pollution that does not affect the groundwater or anything else and most of it must have "harmlessly evaporated". No cleanup has been made and there was only a plea from the gov. VVD to the alleged polluting factory to clean it up. At first they had no comment then they started to deny everything. Considering that they are the ONLY factory with ketazine as byproduct in this country and possibly the neighboring too, it may be pretty obvious who's the guilty one.
These are the "alleged" polluters and their production portfolio.
http://www.biolar.lv/en/products.html
Our VVD ir understaffed and underpaid (what a shocker) and possibly corrupt. Tomorrow is the press conference fortunately with lab results determining exactly which chemical it is and I'm planing on attending it and asking some tough questions, with your help of course.
So if you could chime in with your expertise on some of the official version.
1) Is ketazine really a waste product and not something that has value or application?
2) Is ketazine a byproduct of POROFOR (AZODICARBONAMIDE) manufacturing?
3) How cancerous/dangerous is it?
4) What cleanup should have been made?
5) What measurements and controls should be done to check soil, groundwater.
6) This is in EU, which agency has cleanup guidelines or to whom can we complain.
7) How to get the polluter by the balls.
TL;DR;
Deliberate ketazine spill. How dangerous is this? Cleanup guidelines.

It would mean a lot if You could answer any of these questions or point to the right direction. Thanks.
Replies (2)
EEA Jun 27, 2019 09:30 AM
Dear M. 'janissuipe',

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Your enquiry has been forwarded to our relevant experts. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
EEA Jul 01, 2019 10:48 AM
Dear M. ‘Janissuipe,

The EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe in its attempt to improve the environment and move towards sustainability in Europe. Please note that European environmental legislation is beyond the EEA’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies and has no mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for complaints relating to environmental legislation, and no powers of investigation related to the issue you raise in your message.

Under the Treaty establishing the European Community, the European Commission is responsible for ensuring that European Community law is correctly applied. Anyone may lodge a complaint with the European Commission against a European Member State about any measure, which is considered to be incompatible with Community law. However, to be admissible, a complaint has to relate to an infringement of Community law by a Member State.

You may contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission directly http://ec.europa.eu/environment/contact/form_en.htm, or register a complaint at http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/complaints_en.htm. See also http://ec.europa.eu/environment/legal/law/complaints.htm.

Nevertheless, please note that enforcement and remediation of the legislation is the responsibility of the competent authority in the respective countries. We would suggest you to engage with the national focal point (NFP) of your country that could point out whom the right national contact would be in your case. List of NFPs is available at the following link: https://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/list-of-members-of-the-nfp-eionet-group. For further knowledge about the chemicals involved, we would recommend you to contact the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA - https://echa.europa.eu/contact). Last but not least, this accident might be covered by the Seveso Directive and if that’s the case, the Joint Research Centre might be able to provide factual information - https://minerva.jrc.ec.europa.eu/en/minerva.

We hope that this information may be useful for you and we wish you luck in your investigations.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
 
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