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Czech firms reduced dust pollution last year

ČTK |
5 October 2012

Prague, Oct 4 (CTK) - Czech companies reported fewer emissions of fine airborne dust last year than in 2010, with the biggest fall having been recorded by companies in the Moravia-Silesia Region, one of the most polluted ones in the Czech Republic, the Arnika environmental group has said.

According to the data on released emissions from the Integrated Registry of Pollution published by Arnika in late September, along with the Moravia-Silesia Region, the biggest polluters are located in the Usti, north Bohemia, and Central Bohemia regions.

A sudden growth in dioxins registered in the waste of the SITA incinerator in Trmice, north Bohemia, is extreme, Arnika's expert Jindrich Petrlik has told journalists.

A total of 1,229 grammes of toxic equivalent ended up in the waste released from the plant last year, while it was 240 grammes in 2010, he added.

"The quantity of the dioxins reported in the transfer by the waste by the Trmice incinerator, 1.23 kilogrammes, is tremendous, especially if we realise that a 2005 study estimated the total quantity of dioxins in waste in the entire EU at 15 kilogrammes," Petrlik said.

"This is roughly a triple quantity of the dioxins that were in the old waste burden in the Spolana Neratovice chemical plant," Petrlik said, adding that Arnika had verified the value at the firm which has confirmed it.

The quantity of dioxins passed for recycling and further use by the Acelor Mittal steelworks in Ostrava, north Moravia, has quadrupled, Petrlik said.

When it comes to the number of reported cancerogens, the south Moravia Zlin Region was outstripped by the Central Bohemia Region, in which the quantity of discharged styrene, used by paint shops, increased year-on-year.

Styrene made up 40 percent of the cancerogens, Arnika's spokesman Vratislav Voznik said.

"Spolana Neratovice contributed another 40 percent," Voznik added.

Arnika's charts reveal that the DEZA Valasske Mezirici chemical plant is on the top of the companies discharging cancerogens, despite a fall of roughly 10 tonnes to 47 tonnes in a year.

The second place went to Spolana Neratovice that reduced the emissions of carcinogens by four tonnes to 36 tonnes and the third to the Kronospan OSB timber maker in Jihlava, South Moravia, with 12 tonnes.

As far as fine airborne dust is concerned, the Prunerov power plant in north Bohemia increased its discharge by 130 tonnes to 761 tonnes.

"Prunerov is the biggest coal-fired plant in the Czech Republic. This corresponds with its proportion of the emissions," Ladislav Kriz, spokesman for the CEZ national power company, said.

"However, this is changing now because at the beginning of September, a complete modernisation of the power plant started. Moreover, one half of the plant will be permanently decommissioned in the years to come," Kriz said.

Unlike previous years, firms from the Usti Region are among the ten biggest polluters. They have occupied the first four places in the chart of the biggest producers of gases causing acid rain.

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