Chromium-6 traces present in Tata Metal plant’s groundwater


Tata Metal Plant in IJmuiden. Photograph: Depositphotos.com

In response to analysis performed by the North Sea Canal Zone Environmental Service, traces of the carcinogenic steel chromium-6 have been present in groundwater on the Tata Metal plant in Igemuiden.

The native public well being service says there isn’t a hazard to the security of residents as a result of the substance is underground and ingesting water will not be drawn from beneath the steelworks. Nevertheless, the Indian metal maker ought to do extra environmental analysis on this space.

Tata Metal has come beneath criticism in recent times for air pollution and its related well being issues. A report by the regional well being board in June linked excessive ranges of coronary heart illness and hypertension to wonderful particulate emissions from the plant for folks residing within the space.

Earlier this yr, the Division of Public Prosecutions launched a legal investigation into attainable unlawful dumping of hazardous substances into the native setting by Tata Metal and one other firm, Horsco Metals Holland.

Chromium-6 is utilized in industrial coatings and paints and is essentially secure when in strong type. Nevertheless, small particles can pose a menace to human well being.

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