DutchNews reported that the public prosecution department has said that Tata Steel in IJmuiden should be fined EUR 100,000 for five different infringements of environmental rules between 2018 and 2021. The public prosecutor said “In two cases, the company discharged ‘graphite dust’ into the atmosphere, which led in one instance to black snow falling in the surrounding area. In one case the company dumped waste into the water supply and in two others, experiments with cooling coal waste with water broke environmental guidelines.” The public prosecutor said “Everything that happens in or around the Tata Steel factories has a major social impact and emotions can run high. This is because of the company’s economic and social impact in the locality, as well as changing ideas on the environment.” Judges will give their verdict in January. Public health institute RIVM has said in January 2022 that the Tata steelworks is the main source of metal and polycarbon-based pollutants in the IJmond region, and figures collected by the regional health board show the pollution is more serious than the company’s own records would indicate. In September 2021, MPs called for tougher environmental standards for the Tata steelworks, suggesting closing the most polluting operations and even mooting partial nationalisation.