Published On: Thu, Sep 17th, 2015

Dutch MP ask questions about Curaçao oil refinery

Dutch ParliamentWILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE – In a letter addressed to Minister Ronald Plasterk Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Junior Minister for Infrastructure and Environment, the Dutch MP Van Tongeren asked several questions about the rising emissions from the refinery here in Curaçao.

One of the questions was why the Kingdom Council of Minister has not acted yet to help the population and the environment against the pollution on the island.

“Are you willing to take the Kingdom Council of Ministers to induce an adequate level of protection for the residents and air quality in Curaçao? Are you in any case ready to work with your counterparts in Curaçao to ensure that the oil refinery is in compliance with its license regulations?”

The MP also wants to know from the Minister whether he is aware of the reports about the rising emissions or if it is true that the pollution is increasing. “Is it true that the emissions of sulfur dioxide has exceeded the daily and the yearly average of 2014? If so, what actions will you take?”

The Dutch MP also asked if the emissions exceeded the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standards and guidelines.

Van Tongeren wants to know if Plaster and the Junior Minister will intervene in this situation on short term.

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