Poland wipes sites off Helcom hotspot list

Baltic environmental protection commission welcomes progress after latest regional review

Progress has been made in Polish efforts to clean up toxic "hotspots," the Baltic marine environment protection commission (Helcom) announced yesterday following a regional re-assessment meeting. Two sites are to be deleted from the hotspot review list: Boleslaw Metallurgic and Mining plants and the Boruta dye-stuffs plant in Zgiergz.

"We are confident that all Polish hotspots in this area could be restored before 2013, the deadline of our environmental action programme," commented Göte Svenson, Chairman of Helcom's implementation taskforce. The body says that 96% of the funding for the work came from domestic sources, with plants themselves incurring some of the costs.

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