IJMUIDEN – The Public Prosecution Service (OM) is going to prosecute Tata Steel for the graphite rains that the company has emitted in recent years. That writes the Volkskrant.
A spokesperson for the OM confirms to NH News that justice suspects Tata Steel of violating the environmental permit. It states that the dust from the site may not be spread more than two meters upwards. Furthermore, the company “failed to keep the source moist and clean to prevent the spread of dust,” the spokesman said.
The graphite rains mainly caused in Wijk aan Zee for a lot of nuisance, where dust particles from the business park settled into the village. This was due to the so-called rose slag, a residual product that is released during the production of steel.
The RIVM had the graphite rains investigated last year. This showed that heavy metals had been found in the dust clouds, which can be harmful for children playing outside.
Tata Steel now has one hall built to contain the graphite rains. The hall has been in use for a few months and, according to the company, it should ensure that the graphite rains from the rose slug are a thing of the past. The lion’s share of the snail, such as the converter snail, is still processed in the open air.
New research from last summer found that there are again carcinogenic substances were found in swipe samples from the RIVM. Both the village council and professor of toxicology Jacob de Boer therefore asked for concrete measures to be taken against environmental pollution.
The Public Prosecution has now taken a concrete step in this regard: “Summons seems appropriate, because public accountability is important given the concerns of people in the vicinity of the company,” says the spokesperson.
Incidentally, the Public Prosecution Service is still a bit cautious: before a final decision to prosecute is made, the lawyer may have additional investigation wishes. Therefore, Tata Steel has not yet received a formal subpoena.
Watch the video that NH Nieuws made in September with professor of toxicology Jacob de Boer about Tata Steel:
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