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

We carried out a single monitoring of the presence of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in the surroundings of the Hůrka waste treatment facility. The purpose of the monitoring was to obtain data on pollution in the surroundings of the premises of the facility, and on the possible origin of the pollution. The Hůrka waste disposal facility is operated by the company Quail Ltd., which carried out biodegradation and stabilization of waste there. The resulting output is 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. Further, the assessment of the wastes accepted by the facility was carried out from the point of view of the presence of persistent organic pollutants, on the basis of the waste records, and the overall balance of inputs and outputs concerning dioxin content was calculated.

International activities