Unipetrol RPA faces fine after north Bohemia gasolines river leak

28 December 2009 14:53  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS news)--The Unipetrol RPA petrochemical company could face a substantial fine following a leak of pyrolitic gasolines into a river during the Christmas holiday, the Czech Environmental Inspectorate (CIZP) said on Monday.

The gasolines had leaked into the Bilina River, which flows past the company's petrochemical plants in Usti nad Labem, north Bohemia, near the Czech-German border, and had by now spread into the Elbe River, CIZP said.

A large quantity of fish had died and the authorities warned their German counterparts that the pollution could spread into the Elbe in Germany, it added.

Firefighters had built over ten scum baffles between the towns of Litvinov and Usti nad Labem, but this had failed to hold back the pollution, CIZP said.

Unipetrol RPA, owned by the Czech Unipetrol group, said in a statement: "[Unipetrol RPA] would like to apologise to all the citizens who may have been inconvenienced by unpleasant smells from the Bilina river during the holidays, and would also like to apologise to the citizens of the Litvinov region for the noise and the light effects caused by the flares due to the [related] shutdown and the subsequent startup of the steam cracker during the [holiday period]."

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By: Will Conroy
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