Dutch media Noordhollands Dagblad reported that dozens of IJmuiden residents and a number of foundations are suing Tata Steel for deliberately damaging their health and the health of the local wildlife. High profile Lawyer Ms Benedicte Ficqu, who will be filing the charges on behalf of the locals, told Noordhollands Dagblad "This factory unscrupulously and deliberately dumps hazardous substances into the air and soil of a densely populated area and into the wild. Deliberately, because these are very risky production processes that they are consciously engaged in."
The lawyer will wait a few more weeks before filing the charges, to give more local residents chance to join the suit should they wish to. Ms Ficq believes she has a strong case. According to her, it is easy to prove that Tata Steel violated its permit regulations on a large scale as judicial authorities and the province already identified several violations and imposed penalties for these.
Tata Steel in IJmuiden is also under suspicion from the national authorities. The Ministry of Justice and Security is already involved in a case against the steel manufacturer for violating its environmental permit. Tata Steel is accused of not doing enough to prevent the spread of substances.