CZECH REPUBLIC ONE OF THE MAIN POLLUTERS IN THE OECD ZONE.
The Czech Republic remains one the worst polluters and least efficient energy users in the OECD region according to report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, presented in Prague on October 11. It produces three or four times more hazardous waste (per GDP unit) than other countries in Europe and the concentration limits for dangerous substances (heavy metals, etc.) in the waters are frequently exceeded according to an assessment of the area for 1998-2005. In addition, the poor air quality, particularly in Prague and the industrial regions of North Bohemia, Silesia and North Moravia "is a threat to resident's health", indicated the report.
Despite progress over the past few years in preserving this ex-communist country's heritage, "there is still much that could be improved" claimed Kiyotaka Akasaka, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. He believes that a proactive government policy would lead to reduced emissions, energy saving and the development of waste and used water infrastructures especially since public and private environmental spending has dropped sharply over the past few years. Representatives of the OECD present in Prague reported that faced with the facts, the Czech minister for the environment, Libor Ambrozek, confirmed that a series of measures to improve the country's "environmental performance" were to be proposed to the government in the next few weeks.
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|Date:||Oct 29, 2005|
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