PRAGUE - NGOs from several countries, including the Czech Republic,
will map the toxic contamination of the sites which formerly hosted
pesticide stores, chemical plants and incinerators, they agreed
at a recent international conference in Brandys nad Labem, central
Bohemia, Jindrich Petrlik said today.
Petrlik, a member of the Arnika group which staged the conference
this week, said that in a resolution passed at the close of the
meeting, the participants demanded the toughening by the EU of
its draft chemical policy and a restriction of the influence of
industry and those high-ranking politicians who prefer economic
advantages of industry to the population's health and future.
The environmentalists also want the production and the use of
PVC to be terminated and incinerators to be upgraded in order
to turn less environment-unfriendly.
The international conference Persistent Organic Substances, Wastes
and Chemical Policy in Europe was organised by Arnika along with
IPEN, the international network of NGOs. It was attended by about
45 experts and activists from 14 European countries and the USA.