Heavy Metal Pollution and Policies for Restructuring the Steel and Iron Industry in Poland

Novy M (1996). Heavy Metal Pollution and Policies for Restructuring the Steel and Iron Industry in Poland. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-96-150

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Abstract

This study is part of a three year Industrial Metabolism Project entitled "Regional Material Balance Approaches to Long-Term Environmental Policy Planning" at IIASA which focuses on heavy metal pollution in the Black Triangle-Upper Silesia region of Poland. This report examines the economic importance of the iron and steel industry in the Katowice region, and its impact on heavy metal pollution. Environmental policies in Poland for limiting the emission of heavy metals and maintaining air quality standards are not sufficiently enforced to reduce heavy metal pollution in the region. In addition, limited progress has been made to date in privatizing the largely state-owned steel sector in Poland, with negative consequences for environmental regulation and the reduction of heavy metal pollution. In the absence of government action to implement a sector wide program for restructuring the iron and steel industry, restructuring has proceeded on a firm by firm basis with varied results. To mitigate the emission of heavy metals from the iron and steel industry, a number of policy options are discussed, including government policies for facilitating modernization, for financing needed investment, and for improving environmental regulation.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Industrial Metabolism (IND)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:07
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 17:46
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/4878

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