Industrial cleaner pollutes northern beaches

10th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — The yellow-green substance that has washed ashore in recent days on the beaches of Den Helder, Zijpe and Texel is a mix of irritating chemicals.

10 January 2007

AMSTERDAM — The yellow-green substance that has washed ashore in recent days on the beaches of Den Helder, Zijpe and Texel is a mix of irritating chemicals.

The Den Helder City Council made the announcement on Tuesday night after tests were conducted by the national institute for decontamination and waste water (RIZA).

A spokesman said the substance consisted of sulfur mixed with metal and organic components, indicating it was an industrial-strength cleaning agent. But the exact type of the substance is not known.

The spokesman said some chemicals are known to irritate the skin or worse. It is not known how dangerous this chemical is. More tests are being carried out.

Dozens of dead seabirds had washed up along the beaches between Den Helder and Petten in the province of Noord-Holland in the past few days.

They were smeared with the yellowy-green substance which had dissolves their beaks and claws.

It is assumed the poison was dumped at sea, but water management authorities have not found any pollution slick. The toxin may have sunk to the sea bottom.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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