Boss Tata Steel: ‘I guarantee you we will change’

Van den Berg is thus responding to a critical report from the RIVM about the health risks for residents living in the vicinity of the steel factory in IJmuiden.

He writes: “I want to make an appointment with you. Tata Steel is going to change. I guarantee you that I will personally do everything I can to make this happen – you can hold me to that.”

In the advertisement, he lists previously announced measures amounting to 300 million euros that the company is taking to limit the nuisance. “The first effects of this are already noticeable. By 2023, the precipitation of dust in the immediate vicinity will be reduced by 65 percent.”

A reduction in emissions of particulate matter (35 percent) and heavy metals (55 percent) is also envisaged within four years.

Van den Berg emphasizes that a future without steel cannot exist. But according to him, that future will look very different in IJmuiden: “CO2 neutral and with much less nuisance for the environment”.

He emphasizes that the company wants to take its responsibility. “We take the seriousness of the findings of the RIVM and the other researchers very seriously and understand very well the dissatisfaction that prevails in society. But it will get better. I guarantee you that.”

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