Chemie-Pack faces bankruptcy due to fire clean-up

Chemical packaging company Chemie-Pack is unable to pay its 42 workers next week and is facing bankrupty because the local water authority has made a claim on the insurance money due for payment following the massive fire in January.

Chemie-Pack is already facing a claim from Brabantse Delta which cleaned up the ditches and banks when Chemie-Pack refused to do so.
This second claim means the company can be declared bankrupt.
The water authority claim comes from the court case it is pursuing in connection with fire service activities on the day of the fire. It says the costs of the case could rise to €14m.
Chemie-Pack says it is not responsible for pollution caused by the water used to douse the flames and had advised the fire service that foam should be used, which it did after the fire had raged for several hours. The water authority denies this.
The water authority, which wants the court to decide where responsibility lies, says if it has to pay the costs itself, the local population will face a rise in local taxation.

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