A leak in a tanker containing petrolad, a collective name for oils used in vehicle engines, in Alblasserdam caused a stench in a large part of the Netherlands on Saturday. There were even complaints about the intense smell from Germany. An NL Alert was sent to warn people to keep their doors and windows closed, AD reports.
The treatment of cancer patients in the Netherlands is in danger due to a lack of medication. This was caused by the nuclear reactor in Petten being shut down after a leak last week. "We've already had to cancel on patients", nuclear physician Marcel Stokkel of the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam said. It's not yet a life-threatening situation, but it will be if the reactor is shut down for another two weeks, he said to RTL Nieuws.
The High Flux Reactor in Petten, Noord-Holland, was shut down on Thursday after a quantity of contaminated water leaked into a crawl space. According to operator NRG, the reactor was turned off safely and there is no danger to the environment, NU.nl reports.
The leak has now been fixed. It arose during planned work. The employees who performed the work were checked for radioactive substances, but nothing noteworthy was found.
A criminal investigation into NAM was launched because of the leak of toxic natural gas condensate into a canal in Farmsum, Groningen, the State supervisor on mines SodM announced. A stain of natural gas condensate has been floating in the canal since Thursday, NU.nl reports.
Natural gas condensate is a byproduct of natural gas extraction. It is a very toxic substance. It leaked into the canal after a drip tray in which the condensate was collected overflowed, according to the newspaper.
The Friesland Campina plant in Lochem in Gelderland had to be evacuated on Friday morning because nitric acid leaked from a container. A neighboring company was also evacuated as a precaution, ANP reports.
The fire brigade used a water screen to control the leaked acid and managed to close the leak. A cloud of nitric acid spread through the area, but has now settled, according to the local safety office. The danger has passed.
A specialist company was called in to clean up the spill.
Emergency services evacuated 11 homes in the Rotterdam district of Kralingen-West on Wednesday night. Earlier that evening a water pipe broke on Oudedijk, flooding the the homes' cellars and foundations and prompting concerns that the homes may be unstable, RTL Nieuws reports.
A leaking sprinkler system in a fireworks depot sent emergency services rushing to the Noord-Brabant village of Ulicoten on Monday night. As water in combination with fireworks can cause an explosion, a wide area around the bunker was closed down, Omroep Brabant reports.
Water ended up in two of the three bunkers. "Experts are investigating whether a dangerous situation has arisen and what the effect of a possible explosion in the bunker would be", a spokesperson for the local safety office said to Omroep Brabant.
Emergency services responded to the Chemelot industrial estate near Geleen on Wednesday morning after an alarm was triggered for an ammonia leak. A number of streets in the neighboring district of Lindenheuvel are closed to traffic as a precaution, 1Limburg reports.
The toxic substance leaked around 7:45 a.m., according to the newspaper. Ambulances and fire brigade measuring teams responded. Nobody was injured, and firefighters measured no risky quantities of the hazardous substance around the industrial estate.
Someone within the police deliberately leaked the personal information of a man who crashed his car into a group of pedestrians at Amsterdam Central Station in June to website Geenstijl, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in an email to all police officers on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
On Tuesday website GeenStijl published a screenshot of the online police system showing the name and ethnicity of a driver that crashed into a group of pedestrians at Amsterdam Central Station in June. The Amsterdam police is shocked by this leak. They believe that a police officer must have sent the information to the controversial news site and promise to get to the bottom of it, the Volkskrant reports.
Jos van Winsen, director of the Shell refinery in Pernis, Rotterdam, offered his apologies on Tuesday for two major incidents at the refinery over the past days. "We are extremely sorry, this is not what we are", Van Winsen said to RTV Rijnmond.
Emergency services responded en masse to the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam on Monday night after a leak of hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Less than 48 hours earlier, emergency services also responded to the refinery when a short circuit in a high voltage cable caused a fire, NU.nl reports.
A very low concentration of the hazardous substance leaked when flushing pipes, according to the local safety office. The leak was discovered around 10:15 p.m. By 00:30 a.m. the Shell staff managed to close the leak. The acid did not leak off the Shell premises.
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
Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD walk on the leash of USA's National Security Agency (NSA) and are "extremely docile" and seen as "subordinates", says former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden in an interview to Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur.
Thirty-five people were pulled from their vehicles by rescue workers after a truck loaded with hydrochloric acid was rear ended. The acid sprayed out of a tanker prompting a large-scale emergency response that shut highways and railways.
Personal details such as name, address and account number of OV-chip card users who have an account on ov-chipkaart.nl, are sometimes visible online to other users. These details can also be changed, the NRC reports.
The Water Museum in Arnhem has to stay closed on Tuesday due to - irony of ironies - flooding. One visitor said that the museum is honoring its name of "experience museum."
A gang of Dutch-Moroccan hackers, operating under the name Doulci, have somehow managed to crack Apple security, which makes it easy to unlock stolen iPhones. Apple's online storage service iCloud has never been hacked before. It is used by almost 400 million people, the Telegraaf reports.
After a bug was discovered in Internet Explorer, the Dutch police have recommended people not use the browser unless they have no alternative, and then only "in extensively secured mode."
A large hole was created in the road surface in the Rodedorp in Zierikzee on Monday after a water pipe broke underground.