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Amounts of Some Toxic Substances Reported by the Polluters Decreased, but Spolana Released More of them Again

Prague - 19 October 2016

 

Both good and bad news is brought by the new list of the biggest Czech polluters, drawn up by the environmental association Arnika this year again, on the basis of data of the Integrated Pollution Register (IPR) concerning 2015 (1). Spolana Neratovice has dominated the lists for two years already. One of the bad news is that this company increased amounts of released carcinogenic and potentially carcinogenic substances in comparison with the previous year - specifically, by six and half tons. Its share of the total amount of mutagenic substances increased, too. Also the laminate producing company Peter GFK in Trhový Štepánov released much higher amount of potentially carcinogenic styrene into the air, by almost twelve tons. On the contrary, good news for the inhabitants of the Czech Republic is that the amounts of carcinogenic, reprotoxic, as well as mutagenic substances (2) reported by the polluters into the IPR decreased in comparison with the previous year, for the second time already. But there is a snag here, too. Namely, the amounts of the so-called endocrine disruptors, substances depleting the Earth ozone layer, and dioxins, increased. For the second year already, inhabitants of the Czech Republic themselves may find out what company is the biggest polluter in their neighbourhood, in the internet application „Polluters under a Magnifying Glass“ (http://www.znecistovatele.cz).

Spolana Neratovice got higher in the lists, in particular, due to still very high emissions of trichloroethylene (3). „Hazardousness of this substance was re-evaluated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and trichloroethylene is now ranked among substances that are proved carcinogens to humans. In addition to that, Spolana increased emissions of a probably carcinogenic substances 1,2-dichloroethane (4), namely to three and a half tons. The company intends to import this substance as a raw material for PVC manufacturing. Higher emissions of this substance do not improve confidence into this plan. In fact, the reverse is true,“ commented RNDr. Jindřich Petrlík, the head of the Toxics and Waste Programme of the Arnika Association, the development in the case of Spolana.

Besides Spolana Neratovice, Kovohutě holding DT, a.s. in Mníšek pod Brdy may be labelled as the company showing the highest increase in emissions. The company reported 29 grams of dioxins (5) in transfers in waste. This is approximately the amount by which the total amount of these hazardous substances, reported by the companies into the IPR, increased this year. The list of the ten biggest dioxin producers includes three waste incinerators of the company SITA CZ, a.s. - namely in Trmice, in Zlín, and in Ostrava. „For the state administration authorities, the fact that ArcelorMittal and the incinerator SAKO Brno stated that they recycled wastes containing dioxins should be a warning signal. This is in contradiction with the purpose of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, ratified by the Czech Republic,“ stressed Petrlík.

Concerning 2015, releases and transfers of hazardous substances were reported, in total, by 1770 companies (by seventy more than in the previous year), and the number of substances increased by four from 59 reported concerning 2014 to 63 concerning 2015. The data into the IPR, as a publicly accessible database, are reported by the individual plants themselves. On the basis of these data, Arnika has prepared lists according to groups of substances hazardous to human health and the environment, for twelve years already.

After Arnika had published lists of the biggest polluters in the Czech Republic for ten years, it started similar evaluation of data in the IPR systems in Kazakhstan, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the both countries, it has published similar lists this year already. „An interesting fact is that the multinational metallurgical giant ArcelorMittal is in the first places of the lists in these countries too, similarly as in the Czech lists. Moreover, a study made in Zenice in Bosnia proved high dioxin concentrations in eggs of chickens raised in the vicinity of its plant,“ said Martin Skalský, the head of the Arnika's projects in the both countries. Also in the Czech Republic, ArcelorMittal continues to be the largest producer of dust emissions, in spite of the fact that it significantly decreased their amounts.

Further, styrene (6) emissions slightly increased in the Czech Republic in comparison with the previous year. Whereas the company Synthos Kralupy nad Vltavou decreased its emissions by approximately three tons, the laminate producing company Peter GFK in Trhový Štepánov increased them by twelve tons. The importance of styrene producers, in comparison with formaldehyde (7), increased in the share of emissions of potentially carcinogenic and carcinogenic substances. The wood processing plant in Lukavec reached the level of formaldehyde emissions of the more famous Kronospan in Jihlava already.

Three Prague plants got into the lists of the biggest polluters: The Prague waste water treatment plant to the second place in the list of the largest sources of substances hazardous to water organisms, due to releases of heavy metals, copper and zinc, and waste incinerator in Malešice (with dioxins and mercury in waste). The third one was a plant of the company Cofely, a.s. in Prague 4 where an accidental release of halons took place, probably from a fire-extinguishing equipment. „The use of halons in fire-extinguishing equipment has been banned since 2003. These substances extremely deplete the Earth ozone layer and two accidental releases reported this year represent the highest reported amount in the whole IPR history,“ commented Petrlík the exceptional accidental release of halons. An even higher release of halons than the one in  Cofely, a.s. was reported by Kopos Kolín, a.s.

The seventeen current tables are dominated especially by polluters from the Moravian-Silesian Region, Ústí nad Labem Region, and Central Bohemian Region, and also polluters from the Vysočina Region got higher in the lists.

This year, the Arnika Association published the lists of the biggest polluters according to the IPR data within the framework of the projects „Prague Polluters under a Magnifying Glass“, supported by the Metropolitan Authority of the Capital City of Prague, and „Arnika Regional & International Support for a Toxic Free Future“ supported by the foundation Global Greengrants Fund. Preparation of the internet application, and of the lists, was financially supported also by individual donors of Arnika, who deserve thanks not only from us, but also from users of the web page http://www.znecitovatele.cz.

Notes:

(1) The Integrated Pollution Register (IPR) is operated, and data into it are collected, by the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic via the Czech Environmental Information Agency CENIA. It may be found, and searched, at the address www.irz.cz. The data on the releases of selected chemical substances are reported by the individual companies themselves into the Register, because this duty is set upon them by the Act. Arnika then analyses the data, and prepares clearly organised lists of polluters which cannot be easily found in the Register. Presence in these lists, and their publication, often motivate the companies to eliminate emissions of harmful substances, and to introduce more environmentally-friendly technologies. In spite of that, there were already several attempts to limit the IPR, and, thus, the public right to information on environmental pollution. The last time this has happened within the framework of the so-called environmental audit, as the Ministry of Industry and Trade has wanted to reduce the number of the monitored substances, as well as of the companies obliged to submit reports. Arnika's pages concerning the IPR (including the lists from the previous years): arnika.org/registr-znecistovani , and the new internet application where people may create lists, for example, according to the place where they live: http://www.znecistovatele.cz.

(2) Dividing of the substances into groups - carcinogenic and probably and potentially  carcinogenic substances, reprotoxins, mutagens, and others is put more precisely at http://arnika.org/hodnoceni-latek-v-irz.

(3) Trichloroethylene for more information, please see: http://arnika.org/trichlorethylen

(4) 1,2-dichloroethane – for more information, please see: http://arnika.org/dichlorethan

(5) Dioxins – for more information, please see: http://arnika.org/dioxiny

(6) Styrene – for more information, please see: http://arnika.org/styren

(7) Formaldehyde – for more information, please see: http://arnika.org/formaldehyd

 

 

Tables with lists of the biggest polluters according to the IPR

for the Czech Republic - reports concerning 2015

The column "Trend" always states whether the relevant facility increased or decreased releases and transfers of the hazardous substances in comparison with 2014. A cross is given in the case of companies which did not report the substances in the previous year, a swung dash means approximately the same amount as in the previous year.

Table 1 – Carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, and potentially carcinogenic substances

Table 2 – Carcinogenic substances

Table 3 – Substances toxic to reproduction (without carbon monoxide)

Table 4 – Carbon monoxide

Table 5 – Mutagenic substances

Table 6 – Endocrine disruptors

Table 7 – Greenhouse gases

Table 8 – Gases causing acid rains

Table 9 – Ozone depleting substances

Table 10 – Substances hazardous to water organisms

Table 11 – Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Table 12 – Mercury and its compounds

Table 13 – Mercury and its compounds (in emissions and waste)

Table 14 – Styrene

Table 15 – Formaldehyde

Table 16 – Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Table 17 – Dioxins

Table 18 – Dust emissions (PM10)

Table 1 – Carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, and potentially carcinogenic substances

The order of facilities according to the amounts of substances and their compounds classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as carcinogenic (1), probably (2A) and possibly (2B) carcinogenic to humans contained in the total releases into the air, water, and soil according to the data published in the Integrated Pollution Register for the year 2015 (www.irz.cz). Group 1 includes the following chemical substances and their compounds reported into the IPR: arsenic, asbestos, benzene, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, chromium, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and vinyl chloride. Groups 2A and 2B include the following chemical substances and their compounds reported into the IPR: 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), 1,2‑dichloroethane (DCE), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), dichloromethane (DCM), ethylbenzene, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), chloroalkanes (C10-13), chlordane, chlordecone, lindane, mirex, naphthalene, nickel, lead, mercury, styrene, tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloromethane (TCM), toxaphene, trichloroethylene and trichloromethane.

 

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

SPOLANA a.s.

Spolana Neratovice

Neratovice

Stk

47 385.20

2

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o.

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o., provozovna Trhový Štěpánov

Trhový štěpánov

Stk

17 462.00

3

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o.

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o., provozovna Kocbeře

Kocbeře

Khk

13 380.00

4

C. BECHSTEIN EUROPE s.r.o.

C. BECSTEIN EUROPE s.r.o., provozovna Týniště nad Orlicí

Týniště nad Orlicí

Khk

12 245.00

5

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Lukavec

Vys

6 922.00

6

L.A.S.T., spol. s r.o.

Tečovice

Tečovice

Zlk

6 763.00

7

Teva Czech Industries s.r.o.

Teva Czech Industries s.r.o.

Opava

Msk

6 484.00

8

DEZA, a.s.

DEZA, a.s., Valašské Meziříčí

Valašské Meziříčí

Zlk

5 398.80

~

9

Nová Mosilana, a.s.

Nová Mosilana, a.s.

Brno

Jmk

5 281.00

×

10

KRONOSPAN CR,spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN CR

Jihlava

Vys

5 028.00

 

Table 2 – Carcinogenic substances

The order of facilities according to the amounts of substances and their compounds classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as carcinogenic (1), contained in the total releases into the air, water, and soil according to the data published in the Integrated Pollution Register for the year 2015 (www.irz.cz). Group 1 includes the following chemical substances and their compounds reported into the IPR: arsenic, asbestos, benzene, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, chromium, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), vinyl chloride, and trichloroethylene.

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

SPOLANA a.s.

Spolana Neratovice

Neratovice

Stk

37 569.00

2

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Lukavec

Vys

6 922.00

3

KRONOSPAN CR,spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN CR

Jihlava

Vys

5 028.00

4

DEZA, a.s.

DEZA, a.s., Valašské Meziříčí

Valašské Meziříčí

Zlk

4 869.00

5

ROCKWOOL, a.s.

Rockwool, a.s., výrobní závod Bohumín

Bohumín

Msk

3 637.00

6

KRONOSPAN OSB, spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN OSB

Jihlava

Vys

3 047.00

7

LUKAFORM spol. s r.o.

Lukaform

Lukavec

Vys

2 400.00

×

8

DUKOL Ostrava, s.r.o.

DUKOL Ostrava, s.r.o.

Ostrava

Msk

2 342.00

9

Sokolovská uhelná, právní nástupce, a.s.

Sokolovská uhelná,právní nástupce,a.s.-zpracovatelská část

Vřesová

Kvk

2 047.00

10

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

698.79

~

Table 3 – Substances toxic to reproduction (without carbon monoxide)

Industrial facilities which released the highest amounts of reprotoxic substances (substances harmful to reproduction), except carbon monoxide, in 2015. Incorporation of substances among substances toxic to reproduction is based on the assessment of the State of California EPA1 and on the profiles of the substances stated on the internet pages of the Integrated Pollution Register. On the basis of the above-mentioned documents, the following substances were included among the substances toxic to reproduction: 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), arsenic, benzene, benzo(g,h,i)perylene, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), di-(2-ethyl hexyl) phthalate (DEHP), diuron, ethylene oxide, fluoranthene, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), chlordecone, chromium, cadmium, mirex, nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates, organic compounds of tin, carbon monoxide, pentachlorobenzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dioxins + furans (PCDD/Fs), mercury, simazine, toluene, toxaphene, tributyltin and its compounds, triphenyltin and its compounds, and xylenes.

1 State of California EPA - Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment 2006: Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 - Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancor or Reproductive Toxicity, 29.IX.06. Proposition 65. Available at: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/Newlist.html#list

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

DEZA, a.s.

DEZA, a.s., Valašské Meziříčí

Valašské Meziříčí

Zlk

4 939.90

2

Sokolovská uhelná, právní nástupce, a.s.

Sokolovská uhelná,právní nástupce,a.s.-zpracovatelská část

Vřesová

Kvk

2 148.00

~

3

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

821.53

~

4

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

727.01

5

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Prunéřov

Kadaň

Ust

693.61

6

VODÁRNA PLZEŇ a.s.

ČOV Plzeň

Plzeň

Plz

499.93

7

Pražské vodovody a kanalizace, a.s.

Ústřední čistírna odpadních vod

Praha

Pha

399.96

~

8

Vodovody a kanalizace Pardubice, a.s.

Provozovna BČOV Pardubice

Pardubice

Pak

360.00

9

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

343.78

10

Elektrárna Tisová, a.s.

Elektrárna Tisová

Březová

Kvk

321.79

~


Table 4 – Carbon monoxide

Industrial facilities which released the highest amounts of carbon monoxide, a substance toxic to reproduction, in 2015.

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

59 615 723.00

2

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

54 791 666.82

~

3

KOTOUČ ŠTRAMBERK, spol. s r. o.

KOTOUČ ŠTRAMBERK, spol. s r.o.

Štramberk

Msk

3 556 787.00

4

Českomoravský cement, a.s.

závod Mokrá

Mokrá-Horákov

Jmk

1 775 545.00

5

Cement Hranice, akciová společnost

Cement Hranice, akciová společnost

Hranice

Olk

1 695 895.00

6

VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a. s.

VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

1 637 397.00

7

VIADRUS a.s.

VIADRUS a.s.

Bohumín

Msk

1 631 070.00

8

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

1 516 007.00

~

9

Vápenka Čertovy schody a.s.

Vápenka Čertovy schody, a.s.

Tmáň

Stk

1 194 747.00

~

10

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Tušimice

Kadaň

Ust

1 135 177.00

Table 5 – Mutagenic substances

The order of facilities according to the amounts of substances and their compounds classified as mutagenic, contained in the total releases into the air, water, and soil, according to the data published in the IPR for the year 2015 (www.irz.cz). Incorporation of substances among the mutagenic ones is based on the profiles of the substances published on the internet pages of the IPR. The group of mutagenic substances includes the following chemical substances and their compounds reported into the IPR: alachlor, anthracene, 1,2-dichloroethane, diuron, ethylene oxide, phenols, formaldehyde, mirex, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), trifluralin, trichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride.

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

SPOLANA a.s.

Spolana Neratovice

Neratovice

Stk

42 538.10

2

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Lukavec

Vys

6 922.00

3

KRONOSPAN CR,spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN CR

Jihlava

Vys

5 028.00

4

ROCKWOOL, a.s.

Rockwool, a.s., výrobní závod Bohumín

Bohumín

Msk

3 637.00

5

KRONOSPAN OSB, spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN OSB

Jihlava

Vys

3 047.00

6

Brněnské vodárny a kanalizace, a.s.

Čistírna odpadních vod Brno v Modřicích

Brno - Modřice

Jmk

2 594.00

7

LUKAFORM spol. s r.o.

Lukaform

Lukavec

Vys

2 400.00

×

8

DUKOL Ostrava, s.r.o.

DUKOL Ostrava, s.r.o.

Ostrava

Msk

2 342.00

9

Saint-Gobain Construction Products CZ a.s.

Saint-Gobain Construction Products CZ a.s.

Častolovice

Khk

529.00

10

Vodovody a kanalizace Pardubice, a.s.

Provozovna BČOV Pardubice

Pardubice

Pak

431.80

×


Table 6 – Endocrine disruptors

The order of facilities according to the amounts of substances and their compounds classified as endocrine disruptors, contained in the total releases into the air, water, and soil, according to the data published in the IPR for the year 2015 (www.irz.cz). Incorporation of substances among endocrine disruptors is based on classification of the substances in the EU and USA. The group of endocrine disruptors includes the following chemical substances and their compounds reported into the IPR: atrazine, chloroalkanes (C10-13), di-(2-ethyl hexyl) phthalate (DEHP), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dioxins + furans (PCDD/Ff), tetrachloroethylene (PER), trichlorobenzenes, styrene.

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o.

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o., provozovna Trhový Štěpánov

Trhový Štěpánov

Stk

17 462.00

2

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o.

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o., provozovna Kocbeře

Kocbeře

Khk

13 380.00

3

C. BECHSTEIN EUROPE s.r.o.

C. BECSTEIN EUROPE s.r.o., provozovna Týniště nad Orlicí

Týniště nad Orlicí

Khk

12 245.00

4

L.A.S.T., spol. s r.o.

Tečovice

Tečovice

Zlk

6 763.00

5

Nová Mosilana, a.s.

Nová Mosilana, a.s.

Brno

Jmk

5 281.00

×

6

PETROF, spol. s r.o.

PETROF, spol. s r.o.

Hradec Králové

Khk

4 624.00

7

Iveco Czech Republic, a. s.

Iveco Czech Republic, a. s.

Vysoké Mýto

Pak

4 594.31

8

Jaroslav Sládek

Jaroslav Sládek - BALAREPO

Vrbčany

Stk

4 064.00

9

ACO Industries k.s.

ACO Industries, k.s.

Přibyslav

Vys

4 034.08

10

COMPOSITE COMPONENTS a.s.

COMPOSITE COMPONENTS a.s.

Choceň

Pak

3 944.00

Table 7 – Greenhouse gases

The order of facilities according to the amounts of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane), calculated according to their potential to contribute to the greenhouse effect, in the total releases into the air, according to the data published in the IPR for the year 2015 (www.irz.cz). The data are in tons. The first places in the list are influenced by carbon dioxide emissions only.

 

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in tons

Trend

1

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

5 135 530.81

2

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Prunéřov

Kadaň

Ust

4 914 915.58

3

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Tušimice

Kadaň

Ust

4 658 429.73

~

4

Sokolovská uhelná, právní nástupce, a.s.

Sokolovská uhelná,právní nástupce,a.s.-zpracovatelská část

Vřesová

Kvk

4 280 672.00

5

Sev.en EC, a.s.

Elektrárna Chvaletice

Chvaletice

Pak

3 413 196.97

6

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárna Mělník

Horní Počaply

Stk

3 112 350.85

~

7

UNIPETROL RPA, s.r.o.

UNIPETROL RPA

Litvínov

Ust

2 841 184.63

8

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

2 825 625.00

~

9

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

2 497 506.85

10

Elektrárna Dětmarovice, a.s.

Elektrárna Dětmarovice

Dětmarovice

Msk

2 357 311.94


Table 8 – Gases causing acid rains


The following industrial facilities released the highest amounts of gases causing acid rains (ammonia, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen chloride) in 2015:

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

Teplárna České Budějovice, a.s.

Teplárna Čes. Budějovice-Novohradská ul.

České Budějovice

Jck

24 114 827.20

2

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Prunéřov

Kadaň

Ust

12 811 844.02

3

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

12 109 404.00

4

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárna Mělník

Horní Počaply

Stk

8 758 265.56

5

Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s.

Elektrárna Opatovice

Opatovice

Pak

7 843 394.76

6

UNIPETROL RPA, s.r.o.

UNIPETROL RPA

Litvínov

Ust

7 439 477.08

7

Sev.en EC, a.s.

Elektrárna Chvaletice

Chvaletice

Pak

7 298 901.96

8

Sokolovská uhelná, právní nástupce, a.s.

Sokolovská uhelná,právní nástupce,a.s.-zpracovatelská část

Vřesová

Kvk

6 144 022.00

~

9

Veolia Energie ČR, a.s.

Elektrárna Třebovice

Ostrava

Msk

5 914 718.67

10

Elektrárna Tisová, a.s.

Elektrárna Tisová

Březová

Kvk

5 889 877.18

Important comment!

Teplárna České Budějovice is in the first place in the list of the biggest polluters by gases causing acid rains released in 2015, however its report contained an error. The facility reported 1000-times higher emissions of hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen chloride than in the previous years.

Table 9 – Ozone depleting substances


The order of facilities according to the amounts of ozone depleting substances, calculated according to their potential to contribute to depletion of the Earth ozone layer, in the total releases into the air, according to the data published in the Integrated Pollution Register for the year 2015 (www.irz.cz). Only halons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and tetrachloromethane (TCM) are included. The ozone depletion potential is calculated relative to the effects of CFCs (so-called "hard freons"), having the potential of 1. We use the coefficient of 0.062 in the case of HCFCs (so-called "soft freons"), 1.1 in the case of TCM, and 6.1 in the case of halons.

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

KOPOS Kolín, a.s.

KOPOS  Kolín, a.s.

Kolín

Stk

735050.00

x

2

COFELY, a.s.

COFELY, a.s.

Praha 4

Pha

128100.00

x

3

SPOLANA a.s.

Spolana Neratovice

Neratovice

Stk

8 804.00

4

oncomed manufacturing a.s.

oncomed manufacturing a.s. - Karásek 1

Brno

Jmk

2 585.40

×

5

Pivovar Jihlava, a.s.

Pivovar Jihlava a.s.

Jihlava

Vys

2 480.00

6

Alfa Plastik, a.s.

Alfa Plastik a.s. , provozovna Bruntál

Bruntál

Msk

2 294.00

×

7

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Prunéřov

Kadaň

Ust

1 481.80

×

8

ŽĎAS, a.s.

ŽĎAS, a.s.

Žďár nad Sázavou

Vys

1 135.00

×

9

Faurecia Interior Systems Bohemia s.r.o.

Faurecia Interior Systems Bohemia s.r.o.

Plazy

Stk

930.00

×

10

PRAKTIK system s.r.o.

PRAKTIK system s.r.o., provozovna Stráž pod Ralskem

Stráž pod Ralskem

Lib

910.00


Table 10 – Substances hazardous to water organisms


The following industrial facilities released the highest amounts of substances hazardous to water organisms into water in 2015. The substances were selected according to the R‑phrases. Simultaneously, there were selected only substances in the case of which emissions into water are reported (1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH),  arsenic and its compounds, atrazine, brominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), DDT, diuron, endosulfan, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, chloroalkanes (C10-13), chlordane, chlordecone, chlorfenvinphos, chlorpyriphos, chromium and its compounds, isodrin, isoproturon, cadmium and its compounds, cyanides, lindane (γ-HCH), copper and its compounds, mirex, naphthalene, nickel and its compounds, nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates, lead and its compounds, pentachlorobenzene (PeCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury and its compounds, simazine, organotin compounds, toxaphene, tributyltin and its compounds, triphenyltin and its compounds, trifluralin, and zinc and its compounds).

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

Lovochemie, a.s.

Lovochemie, a.s., Lovosice

Lovosice

Ust

8 048.00

2

Pražské vodovody a kanalizace, a.s.

Ústřední čistírna odpadních vod

Praha

Pha

5 551.35

3

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

4 248.22

4

Brněnské vodárny a kanalizace, a.s.

Čistírna odpadních vod Brno v Modřicích

Brno - Modřice

Jmk

4 153.20

5

Ostravské vodárny a kanalizace a. s.

Provoz ČOV

Ostrava

Msk

2 765.70

6

Vodovody a kanalizace Pardubice, a.s.

Provozovna BČOV Pardubice

Pardubice

Pak

2 649.80

7

TOMA, a.s.

ČOV Otrokovice

Otrokovice

Zlk

2 538.68

8

VODÁRNA PLZEŇ a.s.

ČOV Plzeň

Plzeň

Plz

2 536.93

~

9

Sokolovská uhelná, právní nástupce, a.s.

Sokolovská uhelná,právní nástupce,a.s.-zpracovatelská část

Vřesová

Kvk

2 136.29

10

VODÁRENSKÁ AKCIOVÁ SPOLEČNOST, a.s.

ČOV Žďár nad Sázavou

Žďár nad Sázavou

Vys

1 446.63

Table 11 – Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

In 2015, the following industrial facilities released or transferred to other places the highest amounts of POPs, listed on the lists of the Stockholm Convention and the POPs Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. These substances are 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), aldrin, brominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), DDT, dieldrin, endosulfan, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), chlordane, chlordecone, lindane, mirex, organic compounds of tin, pentachlorobenzene (PeCB), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and toxaphene, with the exception of the amounts of PCBs and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) in waste, which, according to our estimates, need not be produced as by-products of the operation of the facilities. Moreover, a separate table was drawn up for dioxins.

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

CHS Epi, a.s.

CHS Epi

Ústí nad labem

Ust

382 840.80

2

AWT ROSCO a.s.

Vypařovací a dezinfekční stanice Bohumín

Bohumín

Msk

2 305.00

3

VELOSTEEL TRADING, a.s.

VELOSTEEL TRADING, a.s

Loučná nad Děsnou

Olk

1 811.63

×

4

Advanced World Transport a.s.

Vlečka Karviná-Doly

Karviná

Msk

1 634.40

5

REKLA spol. s r. o.

Semtín U22

Pardubice

Pak

886.00

6

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

792.45

7

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

778.00

8

REKLA spol. s r. o.

REKLA spol. s r.o.

Olomouc

Olk

274.00

9

Ostravské vodárny a kanalizace a. s.

Provoz ČOV

Ostrava

Msk

201.51

10

VIADRUS a.s.

VIADRUS a.s.

Bohumín

Msk

153.60

Table 12 – Mercury and its compounds

The following industrial facilities released the highest amounts of mercury and its compounds in emissions into the air, water, and soil in 2015:

 

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

241.85

2

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárna Mělník

Horní Počaply

Stk

193.40

3

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

152.00

4

Veolia Energie ČR, a.s.

Elektrárna Třebovice

Ostrava

Msk

151.03

5

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Prunéřov

Kadaň

Ust

148.24

6

Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s.

Elektrárna Opatovice

Opatovice

Pak

114.63

7

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Tušimice

Kadaň

Ust

108.38

8

Sokolovská uhelná, právní nástupce, a.s.

Sokolovská uhelná,právní nástupce,a.s.-zpracovatelská část

Vřesová

Kvk

101.00

9

Elektrárna Tisová, a.s.

Elektrárna Tisová

Březová

Kvk

91.91

10

ENERGETIKA TŘINEC, a.s.

Provozy Teplárny a Tepelná energetika

Třinec

Msk

90.99



Table 13 – Mercury and its compounds (in emissions and waste)

Industrial facilities which released or transferred in wastes the highest amounts of mercury and its compounds in 2015:

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

Pavel Beneš

Autovrakoviště Hlučín

Hlučín

Msk

2 331.00

×

2

SPOLANA a.s.

Spolana Neratovice

Neratovice

Stk

1 069.46

3

Spolek pro chemickou a hutní výrobu, akciová společnost

Spolek pro chemickou a hutní výrobu, akciová společnost

Ústí nad labem

Ust

1 046.68

4

DEZA, a.s.

DEZA, a.s., Valašské Meziříčí

Valašské Meziříčí

Zlk

803.20

5

Pražské služby, a.s.

Spalovna Malešice

Praha

Pha

744.20

6

Tylex Letovice, akciová společnost

Tylex Letovice, akciová společnost

Letovice

Jmk

311.00

×

7

SITA CZ a.s.

Spalovna Ostrava

Ostrava

Msk

297.95

8

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

241.85

9

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárna Mělník

Horní Počaply

Stk

193.40

10

SAKO Brno, a.s.

SAKO Brno, a.s. - divize 3 ZEVO

Brno

Jmk

174.36

Table 14 – Styrene

 

The order of facilities according to the amounts of styrene in the total releases into the air:

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o.

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o., provozovna Trhový Štěpánov

Trhový Štěpánov

Stk

17 462.00

2

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o.

PETER - GFK spol. s r.o., provozovna Kocbeře

Kocbeře

Khk

13 380.00

3

C. BECHSTEIN EUROPE s.r.o.

C. BECSTEIN EUROPE s.r.o., provozovna Týniště nad Orlicí

Týniště nad Orlicí

Khk

12 245.00

4

L.A.S.T., spol. s r.o.

Tečovice

Tečovice

Zlk

6 763.00

5

PETROF, spol. s r.o.

PETROF, spol. s r.o.

Hradec Králové

Khk

4 624.00

6

Iveco Czech Republic, a. s.

Iveco Czech Republic, a. s.

Vysoké Mýto

Pak

4 594.31

7

Jaroslav Sládek

Jaroslav Sládek - BALAREPO

Vrbčany

Stk

4 064.00

8

ACO Industries k.s.

ACO Industries, k.s.

Přibyslav

Vys

4 034.08

9

COMPOSITE COMPONENTS a.s.

COMPOSITE COMPONENTS a.s.

Choceň

Pak

3 944.00

10

Automotive Lighting s.r.o.

Automotive Lighting s.r.o.

Jihlava

Vys

3 763.00


Table 15 - Formaldehyde

The following industrial facilities released the highest amounts of formaldehyde into the air in 2015:

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Lukavec

Vys

6 922.00

2

KRONOSPAN CR,spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN CR

Jihlava

Vys

5 028.00

3

ROCKWOOL, a.s.

Rockwool, a.s., výrobní závod Bohumín

Bohumín

Msk

3 637.00

4

KRONOSPAN OSB, spol. s r.o.

KRONOSPAN OSB

Jihlava

Vys

3 047.00

5

LUKAFORM spol. s r.o.

Lukaform

Lukavec

2 400.00

×

6

DUKOL Ostrava, s.r.o.

DUKOL Ostrava, s.r.o.

Ostrava

Msk

2 342.00

7

Saint-Gobain Construction Products CZ a.s.

Saint-Gobain Construction Products CZ a.s.

Častolovice

Khk

529.00

8

HP-Pelzer s.r.o.

HP - Pelzer s.r.o. -odštěpný závod Žatec

Žatec

Ust

386.00

~

9

KORDÁRNA Plus a.s.

KORDÁRNA Plus a.s.

Velká nad Veličkou

Jmk

384.00

10

Nemak Czech Republic s.r.o.

NEMAK - odpady

Havraň

Ust

370.30

Table 16 – Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

 

The following industrial facilities released the highest amounts of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into the air in 2015:

 

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in kg

Trend

1

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

304.00

2

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

65.53

~

Table 17 – Dioxins

 

The highest amounts of dioxins were released into the air and transferred to other places in waste and waste water by the following industrial facilities in 2015:

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of substances in g TEQ

Trend

1

KOVOHUTĚ HOLDING DT, a.s.

divize Kovohutě Mníšek

Mníšek pod Brdy

Stk

29.00

2

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

17.10

3

SITA CZ a.s.

Spalovna průmyslových odpadů Trmice

Trmice

Ust

15.90

4

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

15.00

5

SITA CZ a.s.

Spalovna SITA - EMSEKO a.s., spalovna nebezpečného odpadu

Zlín

Zlk

5.90

6

Pražské služby, a.s.

Spalovna Malešice

Praha

Pha

4.56

7

SAKO Brno, a.s.

SAKO Brno, a.s. - divize 3 ZEVO

Brno

Jmk

2.86

8

SITA CZ a.s.

Spalovna Ostrava

Ostava

Msk

1.90

×

9

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárna Mělník

Horní Počaply

Stk

0.54

~

10

Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s.

Elektrárna Opatovice

Opatovice

Pak

0.25

Table 18 – Dust emissions (PM10)

The following industrial facilities released the highest amounts of dust particles into the air in 2015:

Order

Organisation/company

Facility

Site

Region

Amount of

PM10 in kg

Trend

1

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s.

Ostrava

Msk

455 988,27

2

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Prunéřov

Kadaň

Ust

358 414,40

3

TŘINECKÉ ŽELEZÁRNY, a. s.

Provozovna Třinec

Třinec

Msk

263 041,00

4

Sev.en EC, a.s.

Elektrárna Chvaletice

Chvaletice

Pak

259 063,42

5

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárny Tušimice

Kadaň

Ust

255 332,80

6

ČEZ, a. s.

Elektrárna Mělník

Horní Počaply

Stk

253 408,80

7

Elektrárna Počerady, a.s.

Elektrárna Počerady

Volevčice

Ust

184 319,20

8

Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s.

Elektrárna Opatovice

Opatovice

Pak

101 288,00

9

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Dřevozpracující družstvo

Lukavec

Vys

92 783,00

10

Veolia Energie ČR, a.s.

Elektrárna Třebovice

Ostrava

Msk

91 439,63

The Integrated Pollution Register (IPR) is operated, and data into it are collected, by the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic via the Czech Environmental Information Agency CENIA. It may be found, and searched, at the address www.irz.cz. The data on the releases of selected chemical substances are reported by the individual companies themselves into the Register, because this duty is set upon them by the Act. Arnika then analyses the data, and prepares clearly organised lists of polluters which cannot be easily found in the Register. Presence in these lists, and their publication, often motivate the companies to eliminate emissions of harmful substances, and to introduce more environmentally-friendly technologies. In spite of that, there were already several attempts to limit the IPR, and, thus, the public right to information on environmental pollution. The last time this has happened within the framework of the so-called environmental audit, as the Ministry of Industry and Trade has wanted to reduce the number of the monitored substances, as well as of the companies obliged to submit reports. For more information, please see: arnika.org/zachovejme-irz

 

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