The Public Prosecution Service is going to steel manufacturer Tata Steel because of the graphite rains that blast furnaces around the IJmuiden site have caused, writes

de Volkskrant on

Thursday morning.

The company states in a response that it has not yet received a summons.

According to the newspaper, the steel manufacturer is suspected of violating the environmental permit.

He would argue that the dust from the blast furnaces should not be spread further than 2 meters.

The graphite rains caused a lot of nuisance in the nearby village of Wijk aan Zee for years.

Research by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has already shown that the graphite rains contain "undesirable" amounts of lead, manganese and vanadium.

Children living near the factory would have been exposed to these metals.

Especially small children who play outside would be at risk of exposure.

Tata Steel promised to take measures last year to prevent graphite rains from occurring from April this year.

'Nuisance partly reason to prosecute Tata Steel'

The nuisance caused is one of the reasons to prosecute the company, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service tells

de Volkskrant.

"Subpoena seems appropriate because public accountability is important given the concerns of those around the company."

Tata Steel had to pay a series of penalties before because of the graphite rains.

Previously taken measures to stop the nuisance were described by politicians as "too little".

The village council of Wijk aan Zee is pleased in conversation with

the Volkskrant.

"It was about time," said member of the board Sauw Buwalda.

"Enforcement of the permit is always inadequate."