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Current situation in PRTR preparation in the Czech Republic

(last up-date on April 15, 1999)

Plzeňská ekologická nadace
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© This Analysis has been prepared by Filip Maly and Miroslav Šuta.

Translated by Petra Alžběta Tůmová.

Sources of information:

  1. Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs): A Tool for Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development - Guidance Manual for Governments. OECD, Paris 1996.
  2. Management chemických látek (závěrečná zpráva) - Program péče o životní prostředí na rok 1995, projekt č. 4. Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická pro MŽP, Praha 1995. [in Czech language only]
  3. Koncepční a legislativní podklady pro management chemických látek - projekt č. PPZP/340/1/96. Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická pro MŽP, Praha 1996. [in Czech language only]
  4. Podklady pro právní úpravu managementu chemických látek - projekt č. PPZP/340/2/97. Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická pro MŽP, Praha 1997. [in Czech language only]
  5. Irwin, Frances H.: A Benchmark for Reporting on Chemicals at Industrial Facilities. WWF, Baltimore 1995.
  6. Horák J.: Registr "PRTR" - Tvorba podkladů pro část projektu PPŽP 340/2/98. Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze, Fakulta chemické technologie, Ústav organické technologie, Praha 1998.

Current situation in PRTR preparation in the Czech Republic
questions according the OECD guideline (1, pg. 22) why we ask this type of answer needed questing for provided materials of ministry of environment recommendation for the commission
why the government is willing to implement the PRTR
  • did the government know why is willing to implement the PRTR?
  • evaluation whether the goals could be reached by other already existing or more efficient programme
  • feedback how the PRTR fulfil the purposes for which it has been established
  • clear formulation of the goals
  • CRTK and right on prevention (2, pg. 67 - 68)
  • rationality in public health preservation and environmental preservation (2, pg. 69)
  • international pressures (2, pg. 69 - 70)
  • prevention of non-responsible behaviour in chemical industry (2, pg. 70 - 71)
  • see also 4, pg. 7
  • not satisfactory
  • to work out the list of goals, which were followed by establishing of PRTR abroad
  • selection of this list according to the goals of the state environmental policy
list of substances
  • criterion of substance selection for the list
  • initial list
  • layout of the process of changing the list
  • criterion prepared in 3, pg. 115 - 121
  • initial list proposed in 3, pg. 122 - 127
  • not satisfactory
  • Include other groups of chemicals (greenhouse gases, ODS...)
  • work out the rules for changing the list of chemicals
who reports, periodicity
  • criterions for recognising a company whether to be the reporter (industrial sectors list, number of employees, amounts of the chemical...)
  • companies with more than 10 employees (4, pg. 50)
  • companies handling with, producing or procession more than 10 tonnes of the listed chemical (4, pg. 50)
  • periodicity - one year
  • we propose that the reporters should involve all companies not regarding the number of employees
  • the initial selection of companies should be made according to the priority chemicals
  • how could be the current operating reporting systems used to fulfil the goals of PRTR implementation
  • saving potential
  • searching whether any existing inventory could be rebuilt or used for PRTR purposes
  • overview of existing inventories
  • evaluation of reformulating of existing systems
  • (2, pg. 75 - 76)
  • unprocessed yet
  • in 2 only very general list without the evaluation
how to prevent the duplicity of reporting
  • prevention of expensive reporting of the same information in more inventories
  • budget savings in businesses and also on the governmental level
  • overview of the existing reporting requirements
  • proposal how to prevent the duplicities in reporting
  • not satisfactory
  • finish
how the report is submitted in companies with more than one facility
  • geographical location of the releases
  • definition of the reporting unit
  • unprocessed yet
  • work out
list of reported data
  • complete list of the requesting data for the reporting at each facility
  • unprocessed yet
  • work out according to 5, pg. 14
data standards
  • important for compatibility of the data
  • data standards, data units,
  • list of methods of measuring/estimating the releases for each of the listed chemicals and technologies
  • unprocessed yet
  • work out according to the existing norms
to whom is the report submitted
  • responsible body
  • unprocessed yet
how the trade secrets will be handled
  • PRTR is a tool based on RTK, the trade secret should be minimised
  • relation to the current laws on the trade secret, state secret...
  • layout of the process of permitting the trade secret
  • amount and type of data subject of trade secret
  • it is not possible not to report ( 4, pg. 23)
  • the emission data could not be a subject of the trade secret (4, pg. 23)
  • not satisfactory
  • precise
how the PRTR data will be disseminate
  • type of data for public dissemination
  • ways of dissemination of the data (active role of the state)
  • unprocessed yet
  • work out
will the reporting be obligatory, how the control of the reporters will be conducted
  • will the reporting obligatory
  • who is reponsible for the data verification
  • which sanctions will occur in case of violating the law
  • the reporting should be obligatory (4, pg. 12 - 13)
  • not satisfactory
  • precise
who is reponsible for the PRTR operation (assistance to reporters, data verification, data management...)
  • which body will do it
  • not decided yet
financial analysis
  • budgeted requirement on the state budget as well as on the budgets of the companies
  • unprocessed yet

Plzeňská ekologická nadace
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© Plzeňská ekologická nadace, Miroslav Šuta
March 19, 1999