Title: PCDDs/Fs contamination of the surroundings of Spolana Neratovice before and after floods 2002 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2003 
Availability: Holoubek, I. et al. (2003) PCDDs/Fs contamination of the surroundings of Spolana Neratovice before and after floods 2002. Persistent Toxic Substances Contamination of the European Region as a reflection of results of the GEF/UNEP Regional Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances (RBA PTS) in Europe, the implementation of the Stockholm Convention and 'Community Strategy for Dioxins, Furans and PCBs 
Author 1/Producer: Holoubek, I. 
Other Authors/Producers: Čupr, P., Jech, L., Ocelka, T., Kužílek, V., Vácha, R., Škarek, M., Matoušek, J., Kočan, A. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.recetox.muni.cz/coe/sources/workshop_1_rba_pts/VI ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
 
Short description: The Spolana Neratovice factory is in this time probably the most known source of POPs contamination in the Czech Republic. The chemical factory of Spolana Neratovice is situated approximately 25 km north of Prague at the Elbe River. It produced in the period of 1965-68 the chlorine herbicide 2,4,5-T and chlorinated phenols. A part of 2,4,5-T was even exported to the USA and was applied as the component of 'Agent Orange' within the Vietnam war. During the production due to breaking technological conditions, a huge amount of dioxins (in particular, the most toxic 2,3,7,8-TCDD) was formed and former factory buildings containing products, intermediates, installations, etc. belong currently to the most dioxin-contaminated sites on the globe. Moreover, soil in the factory is highly contaminated with organochlorine pesticides produced there, as well. The 2,4,5-T and chlorophenols production was stopped in 1968 when about 80 cases of occupational diseases developed (55 workers were hospitalized mainly with severe chloracne manifestations and porphyria) (Pazderova-Vejlupkova et al., 1981, Pelclova et al., 2001). 
Link to Project(s): RECETOX Centre of Excellence in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
 
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 14/02/2006