Dutch military poisonous paint scandal cover-up?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Metal Toxicology Expert Part 8: Effects of high levels of chromium

21 March 2011

In this video, renowned metal toxicology expert, Dr. Michael McCabe, explains the potential long term health consequences from high chromium blood levels (ie. chromium ions leaking from metal-on-metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR hip device). Dr. McCabe explains the difference between Chromium 3 (trivalent chromium) and Chromium 6 (hexavalent chromium). This is part 8 in our 12-part series.

For more information on cobalt & chromium toxicity, visit www.cobalt-chromium-toxicity.com. If you have found that you have elevated chromium levels, call 888-290-4472 to find out how to protect your legal rights.

Translated from daily De Limburger in the Netherlands:

Victims of chromium-6 will get compensation

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 – 7:39

Employees of the Defence Department who have become ill because they have worked with chromium-containing paint will be compensated by Defence.

This said [‘Defence’] Minister Hennis in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday during a debate in parliament.


Research into the use of toxic paints by defense personnel may take at least two years. Minister Hennis further made clear that she does not intend to replace Freek Groen – he leads the investigation of the affair on behalf of Defence.

Former defense personnel is angry about that, because under Groen’s responsibility they had to work at Twente airbase with the carcinogen.

Also from De Limburger:

Opposition: replace chromium paint task force leader

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 23:57

Much of the opposition in parliament wants the Defence coordinator of research into the use of the carcinogenic chromium-6 paint to be replaced.

However, the government parties VVD and PvdA don’t agree with that appeal to Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defence, as turned out Tuesday night in a debate on the issue.


Freek Groen leads the Defence taskforce about chromium paint. In the 1990s, the former Air Force general was responsible at Twente airbase for the paint shop where chromium-containing paint was used. Former employees of the paint shop said previously to EénVandaag TV program that Green did nothing about their complaints.

Apparent conflict of interest

The opposition believes that any conflict of interest should be avoided and that someone else must therefore guide the research. MP Angelien Eijsink of government coalition party PvdA stressed that the appointment of the project boss is the responsibility of the minister.

Health problems

Already nearly 900 (former) employees of Defence have reported that they have worked in the 1980’s and 90’s in workshops with the paint. A quarter of them have health problems that may be caused by the chrome paint. Defense lets the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) investigate the complaints. That, according to Hennis, may take two years. The opposition believes that the Minister should accelerate research. Also according to the PvdA party the research term of two years is far too long.

Brunssum and Eygelshoven

A large part of the former employees used to work at one of the former POMS equipment depots, including one in Eygelshoven and one in Brunssum. United States American war equipment was maintained there. Work at the military sites included working with CARC paint, with the carcinogen chromium-6 in it.

Especially the opposition parties want to know exactly when the minister knew what in the paint shop affair and whether staff were knowingly exposed to the toxic paint.

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