In the Netherlands, late in the evening of Wednesday 5th of January 2011, a huge explosion at the Chemie-Pack chemical plant in the Southern town of Moerdijk has sparked concerns over health and safety of local residents.
Now two days on, Dutch authorities are playing down any concerns that there are health risks – although some contradicting reports of the Dutch authorities advising not to eat home grown vegetables have appeared.
One of the major concerns is that of acid rain and how the corrosive and toxic water could find its way into water or food sources.
Other concerns about the toxic sludge and residue from firefighters efforts drifting down canal routes are also being downplayed. The effects of these chemical matters on the environment have been ignored in any official reports by the Dutch authorities.
Winds swept the gas clouds North, heading towards the town of Dordrecht and the hugely populated city of Rotterdam. De Telegraaf stated that 400,000 litres of carcinogenic material are stored at the Chemie-Pack plant.