An air pollution alert has been issued for most of the Moravian Silesian
Region. It is the first time such a smog warning, a regular occurrence in
the relatively industrial region, has been declared this winter.
The level of airborne dust currently seen in Moravia Silesia is such that regulations may need to be introduced soon forcing factories to adhere to certain restrictions. Forecasters say they do not expect the situation to improve soon.
Prague councillors should next week consider new regulations to be enforced
during periods when the city is hit by particularly bad air pollution,
Lidovky.cz reported. Under the plan, which could go into effect in a
fortnight if approved, factories would be required to reduce their output
during periods of high smog and trucks would be barred from entering the
Cars would only permitted to take to the road on alternate days, depending on whether their license plates end with an odd or even number. Breach of this regulation would be considered a misdemeanour.
The Czech environmental group Arnika is ringing alarm bells. According to the results of a recent study it conducted, some children’s toys and grooming accessories, such as hair brushes, sold in the EU contain toxic substances. Arnika’s Karolína Brabcová says this is an unfortunate side product of the drive to promote plastics recycling.
A biggest group ever of Czech scientists, including nine women, are heading for their annual expedition to the Czech base on James Ross Island in the Antarctic. Apart from a long-term research of climate change, Czech scientists will also be testing various commercial products in local extreme weather conditions.
The locality of Magdaléna u Jistebnice in the Tábor area will, in all
likelihood, not be included on a list of suitable locations for a deep
storage site for nuclear waste, the mayor of Jistebnice, Vladimír Mašek,
has said. The mayor said assurances had been given that Environment
Minister Richard Brabec would respect public opinion and recommend the site
not be included.
The Czech Republic is planning to narrow options down to four locations for a deep repository to be completed by 2065. Preparations up to 2020 are expected to cost 1.7 billion crowns. A final location should be agreed by 2025.
The introduction of stricter rules in emissions testing for vehicles has
had to be postponed by a month because roughly a third of the emission
testing centres do not have the required software in place to meet these
norm, Czech Radio reported on Friday, citing the Transport Ministry.
The new norms concern electronic documentation of the tests performed and were to prevent such centres from to issuing fake certificates to vehicle owners.
The Transport Ministry says it has postponed their introduction so that drivers are not inconvenienced by the fact that not all centres are ready for the change.
The environment in the Czech Republic remained unchanged in 2016, despite continuous economic and industrial growth, suggests the annual report on the state of Czech environment, which was debated by the government this week. The report also points out that despite growing public funding on environment protection, there have been no significant improvements.
Another phase of a clean-up of the sludge oil lagoons left by the former
chemical plant Ostramo in Ostrava got underway on Tuesday. Some 200,000
tonnes of waste was removed in the past but thousands more were
The tender to remove an additional 90,000 tonnes of the chemical dredge was won by the company AVE CZ in 2015. The oil and chemical lagoon in Ostrava is considered a major ecological disaster for the Czech Republic.