Department Of Non Point Contamination Of The Environment



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prof. dr hab. inż. Irena Twardowska

Head of the Department

prof. dr hab. inż.
Irena Twardowska

tel. +48 32 271 64 81 wew. 133 mobile: +48 728 413 215

Zakład Wpływu Zanieczyszczeń Obszarowych Na Środowisko



  • dr inż. Sebastian Stefaniak
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 222, mobile: +48 728 413 222,


  • mgr Ewa Miszczak
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 110,


  • inż. Halina Mędrek
    tel. +48 32 271 64 81, wew. 217,


Publikacje Zakładu Wpływu Zanieczyszczeń Obszarowych Na Środowisko



Statutory works:

· Heavy metals in natural and anthropogenic organic sorbents--binding and remobilization as the ground-water environment protecting factor. 2008--2010, leader: Irena Twardowska:

- Real-time determination of the long-term transformations of the sewage sludge properties that affect binding/releasing of metals

- Real-time determination of the long-term transformations of power station ash properties that affect binding/releasing of metals

· Sorption properties and binding strength of metals in composts in the batch contact conditions. 2007, leader: Irena Twardowska


Projects supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education:

· Protective barriers to prevent pollutants from migration from mining waste to the water environment--their optimum parameters and technical documentation. R09 028 02, 2007--2010, leader: Irena Twardowska

· Effective and cost-effective methods for using commonly available waste and natural materials to protect the water environment against pollutants washed out from industrial waste dumps. 4 T12B 009 26, 2004--2007, leader: Irena Twardowska

· Basic parameters of the sorption of selected heavy metals in typical porous medium of the saturation zone. 3 T09D 086 26, 2004--2005, leader: Krystyna Janta-Koszuta

· Modeling of the transport of pollutants in the anthropogenic vadose zone--the case of industrial waste dumps. 3 T09D 048 26, 2004--2005, leader: Irena Twardowska, performed by Sebastian Stefaniak (Ph.D. grant)

· Migration of pollutants from small-volume sources in the water-ground environment--the case of industrial waste dumps. 5T12B 033 23, 2002-2003, leader: Sebastian Stefaniak

· Long-term prognosis of effects of industrial waste used for engineering works (including construction of flood embankments and roads) on the soil-ground-water environment in areas affected by the flood. 1999--2001, leader: Joanna Kyzioł

· Range, level and long-term effects of the area flood-time contamination on the soil-ground-water environment in the Katowice and Opole Regions. The prevention and remediation program. 1998--2000, leader: Irena Twardowska


Participation in international scientific projects:

· Viable and cost-effective use of coal combustion waste for protection of the environment and natural resources. Agreement on scientific cooperation between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India, for 2007--2010

· Environmental implications of waste reuse for remediation and as soil amendments. Agreement on scientific cooperation between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences for 2008--2010

· Environmentally safe management and reuse of bulk wastes. Agreement on scientific cooperation between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Vietnamese Academy of Sciences and Technology for 2008--2010

· Prevention of PCDD/F emissions during solid waste combustion. Agreement between the Polish and Greek governments for 2004--2005

· Use of waste, natural organogenic materials and biosorbents for heavy metals removal from wastewater, and contaminated water and soil remediation. Agreement on scientific cooperation between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities for 2003 – 2004

· Use of peats as natural sorbents and retrospective monitors of trace elements. Agreement on cooperation between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters for 1999--2001

· Studies on heavy metal binding on peat filters; structural chemical description of binding mechanism on humic substances by classial analysis and by methods of capillary electrophoresis. Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the Polish and German Governments of 10.11.1989., Poz. POL-209-96, for1997--2000.


Cooperation with industry:

· Monitoring of the underground and surface water quality in the coal recovery area on the dumping site at the hard coal mine "Dębieńsko" in Czerwionka – Leszczyny. Ordered by ZOWER, Zakłady Odzysku Węgla Sp. z o.o., 2004--2009

· Monitoring of the underground and surface water quality within the range of effect of the mining waste dump Smolnica exploited by the hard coal mine "Szczygłowice". Ordered by KPP „Kotlarnia" S.A. in Kotlarnia, 2003--2004

· Expert report on the accordant with regulations usability of mining waste for hydrotechnic, engineering, leveling and reclamation works. Ordered by Kopalnia Węgla Kamiennego „Piast" in Bieruń, 2003

· Environment protection and waste management program for Bielsko-Biała. Ordered by the Bielsko-Biała Commune, 2003

· Report on the environmental effects of the project: Repair and modernization of the coke oven battery No. 8 at the cokery "Zdzieszowice" based on the development concept. Ordered by Biuro Projektów Koksoprojekt Sp. z o.o., Zabrze 2002

· Examination of the underground water quality in the neighborhood of the coal yard at the power station Chorzów Elcho. Ordered by Foster Wheeler Energia Polska, 2001

· Chemical analysis of sludge from the boiler plant of Zabrzańskie Zakłady Energetyki Cieplnej. Ordered by Zabrzańskie Zakłady Energetyki Cieplnej, 1998

· Examinations of ash and sludge from the power stations "Miechowice" and "Szombierki". Ordered by Zespół Elektrociepłowni ZEC BYTOM S.A., 1997

· Ecologically optimum conditions for the application of power station fly ash to seal industrial waste dumps. Conditions for ecologically safe application of the PPH UTEX supplied fly ash and sludge to filling mine workings and cavings, constructing emergency and fire stoppings in mine underground and to sealing coal mining waste dumps. Ordered by PPH UTEX Sp. z o.o., Rybnik 1994

· Evaluation of potential environmental hazard from the waste from the hard coal mine "Jankowice." Guidelines for dumping. Ordered by Rybnicka Spółka Węglowa S.A., Kopalnia Węgla Kamiennego „Jankowice", 1996



· Determinations of:

- Physicochemical properties of waste from power station firing to elaborate methods for its environmentally safe use or dumping

- Quality of interstitial, surface and underground water, soils, and landfill gas in the neighborhood of power plant dumps and within the range of influence of the emission from power plants

- Content of macro-components and trace metals (including Hg, As, Ag, V, Sb) in precipitations and eluates

· Local water monitoring networks--projects and supervising of realization; monitoring of soils, underground and surface water, and landfill gas; development of data bases and interpretation of results

· Development of methods and guidelines for projects of construction of industrial waste dumps, remediation of polluted areas and neutralization of hazardous waste (liquid and solid) with the use of waste as sorbents and insulators

· Optimization and development of modern systems of municipal and industrial waste management

· Comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts

· Evaluation of the environment quality on demand of privatized industrial plants

· Ecological surveys

· Preparation of the documentation necessary to receive the water supply and effluent disposal consent

· Determination of ecological effects of modernizations of technological installations and processes

· Expertises and projects for applications of power plant ash and other inorganic and organogenic waste as the permeable barriers in dumps of hard coal mining waste and other chemically active sulphide waste

· Determination of properties of coal mining waste and other solid industrial waste in aspect of its short- and long term effects on the environment; guidelines for its ecologically safe use and dumping

· Evaluations of power plant waste and possibilities for its ecologically safe application in the underground of inactive and active mines to fill cavings, construct fire and methane explosion preventing stoppings, reduce deformation of terrain, simplify ventilation systems

· Evaluation of modernizing and investment technologies from the point of view of the Best Available Technologies

Projects of reclamation of land by using coal mining waste and other kinds of solid waste

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