Sep 22 '17 10:05

People who lived around the Chemcours, formerly DuPont, chemical plant between 1970 and 2012 can go for a free blood test next month. This applies to people who lived in areas contaminated by harmful substances from the factory for at least a year, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and environment said to the Tweede Kamer, ANP reports.

Vegetable garden
Jul 21 '17 12:50

Planting a vegetable or fruit garden in the immediate vicinity of Chemcours factory in Dordrecht is not safe, scientists said to the Volkskrant. According to them, the amounts of GenX on plant leaves are so high in the area, that eating fruit and vegetables grown there can be dangerous to your health.

GenX is a toxic substance. Last week researchers from the Vrije Universiteit reported that there is GenX in drinking water around Zuid-Holland, but that the concentrations aren't high enough to be dangerous. 

Chemical warfare
Feb 9 '17 09:17

More than half of the 400 chemical- and other companies with a large risk factor in the Netherlands violated safety rules over the past two decades, the Volkskrant reports based on a survey of inspection reports. Over a fifth of the cases involved a medium to serious violation, according to the newspaper.

Nov 21 '16 08:32

Chemical company DuPont apologized for the leakage of hazardous substances on its premises in Dordrecht and for its poor communication about such leakages with local residentsm director Europa Govert Griffioen said to newspaper AD. This is the first time he is substantively talking about two formaldehyde leaks at the company this year. 

Oct 19 '16 14:10

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

Sep 27 '16 07:54

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

Sep 2 '16 08:22

DuPont employees that worked in the Lycra plant in Kerkrade were also exposed to toxic solvent DMAc, like their colleagues in Dordrecht. DuPont and previous owner Ornatex new of the chemical's health risks, yet staff still shaved and rinsed Lycra yarns unprotected, the Volkskrant report after speaking to 25 employees and former employees.

Aug 15 '16 16:00

Some 450 people living around a former DuPont plant in Dordrecht received a letter inviting them to have a blood test done. These blood tests were serve as a sample for an investigation into toxic chemicals used by the company until 2012

Jul 20 '16 08:30

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.

Jul 12 '16 09:25

The Public Prosecutor is officially investigating the use of hazardous chemicals C8 and DMAc at chemical factory DuPont in Dordrecht, a spokesperson confirmed to news wire ANP

May 25 '16 10:41

Union FNV's Occupational Diseases office is now representing a group of 25 former employees of DuPont's old Lycra factory. The office wants a compensation scheme for these employees, who all suffer from health problems that could be linked to working with toxic substance DMAc, RTV Rijnmond reports.

May 18 '16 08:39

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

Apr 14 '16 14:45

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment is extending its investigation into chemical company DuPont to also include the Lycra factory in Dordrecht. This follows media reports about women who worked in the factory later suffered from infertility, miscarriages and other pregnancy related problems

Apr 11 '16 11:38

Women who worked in the DuPont Lycra factory in Dordrecht have an increased risk of struggling with pregnancy- or fertility problems, according to an investigation done by EenVandaag.

Apr 7 '16 10:01

The first blood tests on two people living near the DuPont factory in Dordrecht showed that the concentration of toxic chemical C8 in their blood is much higher than the government expected, newspaper AD, who had the blood tests done, reports.

Mar 24 '16 10:51

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.

Mar 10 '16 14:05

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment launched an investigation into working conditions at the DuPont plant in Dordrecht following reports of employees being exposed to toxic chemicals, a spokesperson confirmed

Mar 9 '16 09:53

Employees of chemical company DuPont in Dordrecht are demanding blood tests after it was revealed that they worked for years with the toxic substance C8, which is used to make Teflon for non-stick pans. They are concerned about health problems

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