On Monday State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense apologized for the fact that Defense employees were insufficiently protected against the health consequences of working with carcinogenic chromium 6 in the period 1984 to 2006. "Defense has failed", she said while presenting the results of a major investigation by the RIVM. "I am sorry.", NOS repots.
It is possible that over 100 former Defense employees have died as a direct result of working with paint and grit containing the highly toxic and carcinogenic chromium-6, according to lawyer Rob Bedaux. He is representing around 100 other former Defense employees and will raise this issue in court on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.
Parents are refusing to let their kids play football on the ASV Arsenal fields due to renewed concerns that the rubber granules used in artificial turf may be toxic. In the mean time, the ASV Arsenal team is training in the Vondelpark, AT5 reports.
Rubber granules used in artificial turf may have detrimental health effects after all, according to a study by the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam which will be presented on Zembla on Wednesday. National health institute RIVM stresses that it is too early to draw conclusions from the study, ANP reports.
Two safe, albeit more expensive, alternatives for potentially carcinogenic rubber granules used in artificial turf were already available from two internationally operating companies in October 2015, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research.
Amsterdam will not accept rubber granules in new artificial turf fields, no matter what the results of the RIVM investigation into whether or not these granules are hazardous to health. The people have lost confidence in the granules, sports alderman Eric van der Burg said during an emergency debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.
A massive 58 out of 60 artificial turfs in the Netherlands containe a higher concentration of carcinogenic substances than are allowed in consumer products, NOS reports based on research by tire industry association VACO. VACO examined 50 artificial turf fields and NOS compared it to studies of another 10.
At least 3 thousand Defense employees and former employees at sites in Eygelshoven and Brunssum are suing the Dutch government for exposing them to toxic chromium-6 paint while knowing that it is dangerous, lawyer Rob Bedaux announced on Wednesday, according to the Volkskrant.
The Dutch tire industry will reimburse the costs of sports clubs who want to have their artificial turf studied, VACO and Association Band en Milieu announced. Clubs can independently have their turfs tested and the associations will pay them back, ANP reports.
While the leak of carcinogenic formaldehyde at chemical company DuPont in Dordrecht was "very dangerous", it caused no immediate damage, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wrote to parliament. The long-term effects of the leak are not yet clear
Many rubber mats used on playgrounds are made of recycled tires and may therefore also contain too many dangerous chemicals, two professors of toxicology said to BNR.
Ajax decided to replace the artificial turf on four training fields in training complex De Toekomst. These turfs contain the much discussed rubber granules. And the Amsterdam team decided to rather remove the turfs as a precaution after a number of scientists expressed concerns about possible health risks to players
A number of amateur football clubs are cancelling matches and practices on artificial turf fields after reports that they may contain carcinogenic substances
The province of Zuid-Holland pressed charges against chemical company DuPont in Dordrecht due to a large amount of toxic substance formaldehyde leaking into the environment last month
The DuPont Teflon plant in Dortrecht is releasing a carcinogenic substance over residential neighborhoods of Dordrecht and Sliedrecht that threatens the health of nearby residents and workers in the plant, toxicologists said to the Volkskrant.
Foodwatch found dangerous mineral oils MOAH and MOSH in food products of supermarkets Alebert Heijn, Jumbo, Aldi and Lidl, the food watchdog announced on Wednesday.
Some 800 families living in Merwedepolder, Dordrecht are living atop an old landfill where DuPont dumped their waste, possibly including toxic C8 from its Teflon factory
Environmental organization Greenpeace will be handing a petition to ban the use of harmful ingredient glyphosate in herbicides to Parliament on Tuesday. The World Health Organization labels this ingredient as likely carcinogenic
About 580 unemployed people in Tilburg were potentially exposed to toxic chromium 6 paint while sanding old trains in a back-to-work program
Young children consume too high levels of potentially carcinogenic 3-MCPD through margarine, bakery goods and sauces, according to a study published by the RIVM on Monday
Two types of chocolate Easter bunnies sold in the Netherlands may be contaminated with mineral oils, according to watchdog foodwatch. The bunnies concerned are Riegelein Confiserie 60 grams gold bunny, sold at Sligro and the Lindt 100 grams gold bunny, sold at Sligro and Albert Heijn.
The Dupont/Chemours chemical factory in Dordrecht exposed local residents to serious health risks for decades with its Teflon production, the RIVM concluded in an as yet confidential investigation RTL Nieuws got its hands on.
Some 25 tons of the toxic gas ethylene oxide leaked into the the atmosphere from the Shell installation in Moerdijk, the oil giant discovered on Wednesday last week. According to the company, there is no danger to public health
The fur linings of some children's jackets contain large quantities of toxic substances, particularly the carcinogenic formaldehyde and ethoxylaten known to disrupt hormone production, the German Bremer Umwelt Institute found in a study done on behalf of television program Kassa and animal protection organization Bont voor Dieren, Medical Facts reports.