Tata retains nature permit but gets less nitrogen space | Internal

“The measures taken at the two coke factories and the new kiln have reduced nitrogen emissions. This means that the nitrogen space in the nature permit can be set lower, and that it benefits nature, “says the province. The permit will be revised and possibly revised in 2026, because according to Tata Steel’s plan, nitrogen emissions will again fall sharply due to sustainability.

Mobilization for the Environment (MOB) has previously asked to cancel Tata Steel’s nature permit completely. According to the environmental organization, Tata Steel causes damage to nature reserves throughout the Netherlands with its high emissions. MOB also made requests to tighten up emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide.

The provincial government of Noord-Holland agrees with the decision not to completely withdraw the nature permit. The government authorities concerned say that the permit given to the company in 2016 was given on the correct basis. It is also expected that “innovations will further reduce nitrogen emissions in the coming years.” In addition, the provincial government wants Tata Steel to retain sufficient nitrogen space to enable the transition to sustainable green steel production in the coming years.

Deputy Jeroen Olthof (livability, environment and health) wants this year to enter into agreements with Tata Steel on a concrete timetable for realizing sustainable steel production. He also says he also wants to create clarity for the residents of IJmond.

Tata Steel says the company needs to take further action to further reduce nitrogen emissions. The company has previously stated that it understands the concerns of people in the area. To reduce the impact on the environment, the company says it has developed a comprehensive program of initiatives called Roadmap Plus.

Registration of emissions in Tata’s annual environmental report was insufficient

Tata Steel must register more precisely which substances the steelworks emits and in what way. The requirements for emission registration in the environmental annual report must be more precise, the province of Noord-Holland stated on Wednesday.

The emission figures are now less complete and accurate. According to the province, this largely explains the report released in January, in which the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) measured much higher concentrations of metals and so-called PAHs near Tata Steel than could be reconciled. with the given numbers.

The province met with RIVM and Tata Steel with experts to find out where the difference is coming from. RIVM found in January that higher concentrations were measured in the area, but the institute did not know where they came from. However, there were a number of hypotheses.

Among other things, the researchers recommended improving the information on emissions from sources at the Tata Steel site. For example, it is important to know how the substances are discharged. For example, if the substances come from a high chimney, or if the source is hotter, they can spread further out over the area. Information on the location at the Tata site of the emission source was also missing.

After the meetings with the researchers, it emerged that this was for the most part the cause, the province agrees. From now on, the stricter requirements in the electronic environmental report (e-MJV) must correspond to the exact emission registration of Very High Concern Substances (ZZS). Marco Workel, director of health, safety and environment at Tata Steel, says the company will implement the changes in the registration.

In the report, RIVM also stated that the measured concentrations of certain harmful substances were up to a thousand times higher than could be expected from the official emission data, according to the researchers. This should also be adjusted after the discussions with the experts. For example, it turned out that some of these substances were emitted at different places on the site and were emitted at a different altitude.

Tata Steel has therefore now introduced higher concentrations of the relevant substances in the system. “We will make sure it is entered correctly in the e-MJV from now on,” Workel assures. “We will also continue to work to improve air quality.”

Just under a month ago, Tata Steel reported that the company had reduced its PAH emissions by 50 percent. According to Workel, that percentage remains the same. PAHs are harmful substances that are carcinogenic.

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