ENVIRONMENT AND POLLUTION
Poland suffered as heavily as any other East European
from the environmental negligence inherent in the central
planning approach to resource development. Although some
reached the public during the 1980s, the communist regimes
typically had portrayed economic activity in the
countries as the true enemy of the environment.
after 1989 revealed that enormous damage had been
water, air, and soil quality and on forests, especially
surrounding the industrial centers in Upper Silesia and
Kraków region. But because the economy had depended for
forty years on unrestrained abuse of Poland's natural
environmental planners in the early 1990s faced the
severe economic disruption if they abruptly curtailed the
industrial practices causing pollution.
Data as of October 1992