High chromium level near Corus plants to be looked into

21st May 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch public health institute plans to investigate the high concentrations of chromium found in the hair of people living near steel company Corus.

21 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Following a report by the TV news programme Zembla, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment plans to investigate the high concentrations of chromium found in the hair of people living near plants belonging to the steel company Corus.

Chromium is a known carcinogen. Zembla reported that children living in Wijk aan Zee and Beverwijk have more chromium in their bodies than other Dutch children.

Speaking to the Lower House of parliament, Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer said that while Corus fulfils all its environmental obligations, she could understand why those living in the two areas would be concerned. She said that the Institute's enquiries would determine whether the concentrations measured represent a danger to health.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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