NL Times reported that Dutch Public Prosecution Service Openbaar Ministerie and a team of experts are investigating the Tata Steel site in IJmuiden. The Public Prosecution Service said the visit on Tuesday was to gain more insight into the steel production process, specifically into the operation of the coke and gas factories. The OM will decide whether or not to actually prosecute based on the investigation that is currently underway. OM said “The main question is whether Tata Steel can be blamed for deliberately and unlawfully emitting harmful substances into the air, soil, and surface water with a possible risk to public health. The visit to the factory complex contributes to the discovery of the truth. The investigation team looks with its own eyes at the production processes and the operation of certain factories within the Tata Steel institution.” The OM does not know how long this investigation will take. Tata Steel said in a short response that it fully cooperates with the investigation. In February, officials said they would investigate Tata and Harsco Metals Holland over whether they intentionally and unlawfully introduced hazardous substances into the soil, air or surface water after lawyer Ms Benedicte Ficq had filed charges on behalf of locals. According to Ms Ficq and about 1,100 people and organizations, Tata Steel endangers the health of people in the area. The Ministry of Justice is receiving help from the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate the DCMR Environmental Service Rijnmond, and the Netherlands Forensic Institute in this investigation.