Czech smog problem leads to emissions cuts at Spolana, Synthos

16 November 2011 15:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Restrictions on emission levels have been imposed on chemical companies Spolana and Synthos Kralupy in the Czech Republic with the country facing its worst case of smog cover in recent memory, the Czech environment ministry said on Thursday.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caprolactam producer Spolana was instructed to reduce steam emissions, while synthetic rubber and styrenics producer Synthos Kralupy was asked to switch from burning heavy fuel oil to natural gas.

Both companies, based in Central Bohemia, near Prague, said the restrictions would have an as yet unknown impact on production levels.

Two other companies in the region, heating utility Pribramska teplarenska and lime and plaster producer Vapenka Certovy Schody, are also facing restrictions, the environment ministry added.

Towns and cities right across the Czech Republic could face thick smog cover until at least the end of this week, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. 

By: Will Conroy
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