Dow Chemical Terneuzen under investigation by Dutch prosecutors

20 July 2012 18:51  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical is being investigated by Dutch prosecutors for environmental incidents related to its production site at Terneuzen in the Netherlands, the US-headquartered company said on Friday.

The incidents occurred between 2005 and 2008 at the Dow business park in the Dutch town.

“A number of these incidents have been investigated previously by the respective governments and institutions,” according to a Dow Chemical statement. “As standard procedure, Dow has used the findings of the investigations to introduce and implement improvements where needed,” it said.

Media reports in the Netherlands on Friday said the Dutch Public Prosecution Office was taking legal action against the company. 

“Our continuous effort to progress our safety processes and reduce any potential for an incident has allowed us to improve our environmental and safety achievements time and time again,” Dow said.

Dow had cooperated with the investigation by Dutch authorities since 2008, it added, but had yet to see the Dutch Public Prosecution Office’s findings.

By: Nigel Davis
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