Awareness Particulate matter

Christy Groenen-Rompelman

Particulate matter is released when shredding car tires. In recent months, the municipality of Enschede negotiated with rubber processing company Doornberg to house the company, which was recently bought away by the municipality of Lochem due to noise pollution and particulate matter, in Enschede. This raises concerns about the environment, sustainability and public health. That is why the question is: How does the Environment and Planning Act take particulate matter and the composition of particulate matter into account?

Over this one challenge
Nano-Challenge 3

Christy Groenen-Rompelman

In recent months, the city has been negotiating with rubber processing company Doornberg to bring the company to Enschede. It is known that rubber processing produces fine dust and that this dust also spreads in the wider environment, but this is not mentioned by the parties involved.

Research at similar companies [ 1 , 2 ] shows that this particulate matter consists of heavy metals, PAHs and other carcinogenic substances. In the context of the distribution of hazardous substances, the Council for the Environment of the House of Representatives has identified rubber granulate, which is produced by Doornberg, as one of the four biggest problems.

Not everyone is aware of this. And the question is to what extent these types of substances are taken into account in spatial development. That is why the challenge is: who will dig into this complex issue of the environment, sustainability and public health - and discover how particulate matter is (or can) be taken into account in the implementation of the Environmental Act?