Dutch News reported that Tata Steel steelworks in IJmuiden in the Netherland will have to meet tougher rules on pollution and will face extra checks to make sure it complies, under a new government plan to improve the air quality around the plant. Netherland’s Junior Infrastructure Minister Mr Steven van Weyenberg said “This action plan does not immediately eradicate all the problems that affect local residents. After all, factories and production processes have to be adapted and improved, and that takes time. However, the plan does mean acceleration towards a healthier living environment, with agreements and rules that Tata Steel is bound by.”The seven point plan includes tightening up plant’s current permits which will require Tata Steel to adapt its production processes. The company has also agreed to bring forward some targets outlined in its own roadmap for tackling emissions. To find out if the improvements are actually being achieved, the current monitoring programme will be expanded and the RIVM public health institute will carry out two independent research projects on the impact of the measures in 2022.In September, several Dutch MPs called for tougher environmental standards for the Tata steelworks, suggesting closing the most polluting operations and even mooted partial nationalisation. Parliament made the call following the publication of a RIVM report which concluded that dust in the IJmuiden region contains high levels of metals, such as lead, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs. RIVM report said “The level of pollution, which was highest in the seaside resort of Wijk aan Zee, is particularly undesirable for the health of children.”Tata Steel Nederland recently announced that it will move to a more sustainable production process using hydrogen and green electricity, and aims to have partially switched by 2030.