Traces of the carcinogenic steel chromium-6 have been present in groundwater on the Tata Metal plant in Igemuiden, in line with analysis performed by the North Sea Canal Zone Environmental Service.
The native public well being service says there isn’t a menace to the protection of residents as a result of the substance is underground and consuming water isn’t drawn from beneath the steelworks. Nonetheless, 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 particulate emissions from the plant for folks dwelling within the area.
Earlier this yr, the Division of Public Prosecutions launched a legal investigation into doable unlawful dumping of hazardous substances into the native surroundings by Tata Metal and one other firm, Horsco Metals Holland.
Chromium-6 is utilized in industrial coatings and paints and is basically secure when in stable type. Nonetheless, small particles can pose a menace to human well being.
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