#Toxics

Risk of new POPs formation during fly ash processing in cement plants

Risk of new POPs formation during fly ash processing in cement plants

In China, some cement plants use fly ashes from municipal waste incinerators in the cement production. However, Chinese scientists have found out that this cause problems as...

Hazardous Substances from the Abandoned Farm Premises in Lhenice Apparently Get Even to Eggs

Hazardous Substances from the Abandoned Farm Premises in Lhenice Apparently Get Even to Eggs

Highly contaminated soils that were transported into the premises of the former united agricultural cooperative in Lhenice, Prachatice region pose a threat to human health and to...

Amounts of Some Toxic Substances Reported by the Polluters Decreased, but Spolana Released More of them Again

Amounts of Some Toxic Substances Reported by the Polluters Decreased, but Spolana Released More of them Again

Both good and bad news is brought by the new list of the biggest Czech polluters, drawn up by the environmental association Arnika this year again, on the basis of data of the...

Prague Children Playgrounds Have Problems with Cadmium Contents. Luckily, Contents of Other Toxic Substances Are within Limits.

Prague Children Playgrounds Have Problems with Cadmium Contents. Luckily, Contents of Other Toxic Substances Are within Limits.

Arnika's experts visited 9 playgrounds in 6 parts of the city of Prague in the past months, in order to take sand samples from sandpits, as well as from the whole playground...

High levels of dioxins found in chicken eggs sampled near waste incinerators and metallurgical plant in China

High levels of dioxins found in chicken eggs sampled near waste incinerators and metallurgical plant in China

High levels of dioxins and similar dangerous pollutants were found in free range chicken eggs samples taken close to waste incinerators and other industrial hot spots in six...

Enormous Levels of Lead in Mugs for Children Are Not an Exception

Enormous Levels of Lead in Mugs for Children Are Not an Exception

The Arnika Association examined hundreds of pieces of printed china dishes, within the framework of its campaign Let's Eat Toxics Free. A vast majority of them, including goods...

Fish and Sediments from Elbe and Odra Contain High Concentrations of Toxic Substances, Confirms Arnika

Fish and Sediments from Elbe and Odra Contain High Concentrations of Toxic Substances, Confirms Arnika

Experts of the Arnika Association took samples of fish and sediments in river basins of two different rivers, and found alarming concentrations of toxic substances in the both of...

Majority of Polluters Released Less Carcinogenic Substances, but Spolana, on the Contrary, Released More of Them

Majority of Polluters Released Less Carcinogenic Substances, but Spolana, on the Contrary, Released More of Them

Good news for inhabitants of the Czech Republic is that the amounts of carcinogens, reprotoxins, and mutagens (1) reported by the polluters into the Integrated Pollution Register...

EU promotes recycling toxic chemicals into new products which will ultimately be dumped as waste into developing countries

EU promotes recycling toxic chemicals into new products which will ultimately be dumped as waste into developing countries

The EU has pushed dangerous cleanup standards for three toxic flame retardant chemicals widely used in building insulation, upholstery and electronics (HBCD, PentaBDE, and...

Toxic pollution in Kazakhstan:  EU-funded project suggests solutions for seriously contaminated sites in order to reduce hazards for human health

Toxic pollution in Kazakhstan: EU-funded project suggests solutions for seriously contaminated sites in order to reduce hazards for human health

On 30 April 2015, experts from Kazakhstani non-governmental organizations EcoMuseum and CINEST, and their partners from Arnika and Chemistry and Technology University Prague, the...

Loom Band Charms and Scoubidou Strings Bought in Czech Republic Contain Phthalates and Heavy Metals (updated)

Loom Band Charms and Scoubidou Strings Bought in Czech Republic Contain Phthalates and Heavy Metals (updated)

Phthalates (1) and heavy metals, in particular lead (2), have been found in loom band charms, and in scoubidou strings Wiky. Arnika commissioned detailed analyses for phthalates...

EU-Funded Study Finds High Lead Levels in Paints in Seven Asian Countries: Children Ages 0-6 Risk Permanent and Lifelong Damage

EU-Funded Study Finds High Lead Levels in Paints in Seven Asian Countries: Children Ages 0-6 Risk Permanent and Lifelong Damage

The majority of household paints analyzed in seven Asian countries contain unsafe levels of lead; would not meet regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized...