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Muuga Risk Evaluation Expanded

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Muuga Harbor, considered Estonia's highest-risk industrial area, is to receive additional risk analysis to see if various safety requirements are met.

The port is a home to six companies capable of producing accidents on a mass scale, including an enterprise storing ammonium nitrate, reported Eesti Päevaleht.

Silos containing hundreds of thousands of tons of fertilizer are the biggest threat in the port. A potential five-kilometer accident radius covers parts of Maardu city, Viimsi municipality and Vana-Narva maantee in Tallinn.

The Port of Tallinn, which owns the Muuga Harbor, said no integrated analysis has been carried out in the area.

“A general risk analysis is the result of a vital need,” said Siiri Lõhmus, head of Port of Tallinn’s safety department. Lõhmus said locals become mobilized several years ago due to perceptions that the Muuga port is constantly expanding but with little information regarding the expansion.

Local residents have also complained about the odor in the area, identifying it as gasoline, petroleum, fuel or mazut.

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