published: 09.10.2013, 12:32 | updated: 09.10.2013 12:33:11
Prague - Czech firms released a smaller volume of pollutants in 2012 than in 2011, but the quantity of mercury released into the air and water went up, Jindrich Petrlik, from Arnika environmental organisation, said today.
He said polluters traditionally come from the Moravia-Silesia, Usti and Central Bohemia regions.
Power generating facilities, mainly plants operated by the CEZ company in which the state has a majority, continue to be the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, Petrlik said.
He said the amount of carcinogenic substances decreased by about one fifth compared with 2011.
Dust emissions decreased in metallurgic firms in Moravia-Silesia while Central Bohemia produces the biggest amounts of carcinogenic substances.
This ensues from the standings by Arnika based on new data by the Integrated Pollution Register (IRZ) for 2012.
The biggest polluters in the country include ArcelorMittal Ostrava, Spolana Neratovice, Trinecke zelezarny, Synthos in Kralupy nad Vltavou and DEZA in Valasske Mezirici.
In 2012 a total of 1610 firms reported leaks and transfers of dangerous substances (the number dropped by seven year-on-year) while the number of dangerous substances, 60, has remained the same.
Mistakes in the reports or a failure to submit the report is punishable with up to 500,000 crowns.
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