Contamination by Persistent Organic Pollutants and Heavy Metals in the Surroundings of the Waste Treatment Facility Hůrka

We carried out a single monitoring of presence of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in the surroundings of the waste treatment facility Hůrka. The purpose of the monitoring was to obtain data on pollution in the surroundings of the premises of the facility of interest, and on possible origin of the pollution. The waste disposal facility Hůrka is operated by the company Quail spol. s r. o., carrying out biodegradation and stabilisation of waste there. The resulting output are certified products serving as a filling layer under a biological layer, or for direct reclamation of sludge-drying beds, mines, and waste landfills. The monitoring focused on polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and metal elements, in samples of sediments taken in the surroundings of the facility of interest. Further, assessment of wastes accepted by the facility was carried out from the point of view of presence of persistent organic pollutants, on the basis of the waste records, and the overall balance of inputs and outputs concerning dioxin contents was calculated.

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