Biolar chemical company told to clean up its act over pollution scandal

| June 6, 2019

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In line with the legislation, a warning is the first step of the suspension process. VVD inspections have discovered grave violations in management of hazardous waste and the company has been violating the regulations over a long period. “The goal of the warning is not to actually suspend the company’s operations, but to give a clear signal that significant changes are necessary. Inspection results show that Biolar has been ignoring the environment protection regulations in a long term. The amount of hazardous waste that can be stored in the company at the same time has been exceeded 40 times and they have been stored inappropriately,” said VVD general director Elita Baklane-Ansberga. VVD has given the company until September 5 to deal with the problems or face a potential shutdown of operations. VVD inspectors will monitor the company’s operations also during this time. Biolar has to submit a detailed plan on how the detected violations will be corrected. In late May, VVD inspectors and police officers detained a polluter who had intentionally leaked chemical substances onto roadsides in Zemgale region.

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