Ground and groundwater monitoring in inhabited areas near a brownfield site

The Pilot Area is the "Zachem” Chemical Plant in Bydgoszcz, located in the South-Eastern part of the city.

  • Characteristics of the brownfield:
    The post-industrial area of the former Zachem Chemical Plant in Bydgoszcz has a surface of approximately 2,00 h. The Zachem factory, from the Sixties until 2013, was the largest producer of organic chemicals in Poland.

  • Main issues/problems:
    • Highly toxic substances get into the soil and groundwater causing a strong contamination
    • It is difficult to reliably determine the current state of environmental pollution due to the
      defective existing monitoring system
    • The long-term emission of pollutants to the environment, as well as the lack of actions
      preventing their migration, have caused that highly toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic
      pollutants move outside the premises of Zakłady Chemiczne "Zachem" to inhabited areas
      (Łęgnowo and Plątnowo settlements), causing health hazards to resident

  • Needs and Goals:
    The Pilot Action aims at assessing the environmental risk associated with the contamination brought on by the former chemical factory as well as its impact on neighbouring area  

  • Pilot Action Activities:
    • Report on the assessment of the environmental conditions of the site
    • Design of the local ground and ground water monitoring system
    • Report on results of test of environmental monitoring of the ground and groundwater
    • Conceptual hydrogeological model of contamination flow
    • Risk assessment
    • Production of guidelines for future monitoring operation

  • Involvement of stakeholders
    The most important local stakeholders of the project are: RDOŚ Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection, WIOŚ Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, SANEPID District Sanitary and Epidemiological Station, MWIK Municipal Waterworks, AGH University, Inhabitants of Łęgnowo.