The head department of statistics counted that in 2008 harmful emissions in the air pool of the Nikolaev area carried out 335 enterprises and the organizations. For a year they released 25,8 thousand tons of harmful substances which on 3,1 thousand tons (for 14%) it is more, than in 2007 into the atmosphere. Besides, 2,5 million tons of dioxide of carbon which has greenhouse action got to air.
Density of emissions per square kilometer of the territory made 1 048 kg (922 kg - in 2007), and per capita - 21 kg of harmful substances (19 kg - in 2007). The greatest anthropogenous loading is tested by the atmosphere of the cities of Nikolaev and Pervomaisk where density of emissions on one square kilometer of the territory exceeded a regional average indicator respectively in 26 and 11 times.
On the average, one enterprise of area throws out 77 tons of harmful substances that is 16 percent more than level of previous year.
As before, the main pollutants of environment of area are the processing industry enterprises (55 percent of emissions of harmful substances from total amount), and also transport and communication (21 percent).