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Tata Steel Faces a Dutch Criminal Probe Over Pollutants

  • Investigation relates to pollutants around IJmuiden site
  • Dutch prosecution service is also probing Harsco Metals
Hot rolled steel moves along a conveyor at the Tata Steel plant in Ijmuiden, Netherlands.

Hot rolled steel moves along a conveyor at the Tata Steel plant in Ijmuiden, Netherlands.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Tata Steel Ltd. will face a criminal probe in the Netherlands after the Dutch public health agency found higher concentrations of metals and carcinogens around its IJmuiden factory than the company’s own figures.

The Public Prosecution Service on Wednesday said it is investigating Tata and Harsco Metals Holland BV over whether they intentionally and unlawfully introduced hazardous substances into the soil, air or surface water. That would pose a risk to public health and executives’ roles at the companies will be part of the probe, it said.