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Environment minister vows support for Taranto steelworks


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(ANSA) - Rome, July 27 - Italian Environment Minister Corrado
Clini declared the government's intention to keep the ILVA steel
plant in production on a Friday.
"We want production to continue," Clini said told Italian
news channel Tgcom24.
"The cabinet of ministers has confirmed its commitment by
signing a memorandum of understanding, and the government is
working to uphold it," Clini added, making reference to a
government pledge Thursday to allocate 336 million euros for
environmental clean-up and recovery.
On Thursday, a Taranto judge ordered the shutdown of six
areas of Italy's largest steel plant - which press reports say
provides roughly 30% of Italy's steel needs - along with the
house arrest of eight managers and ex-managers, including the
plant's owner Emilio Riva.
Judge Patrizia Todisco charged that the steel plant's toxic
fumes and dust have gravely endangered the lives of people and
animals in the area since 1995.
The judge's actions have unleashed the protest of thousands
of steel workers worried for their jobs, as well as outcry from
unions and the steel industry.
Environmentalists, doctors and the mayor of Taranto view
the shutdown order and arrest warrant as the first sign of
remediation and accountability to an ongoing, unmitigated
environmental disaster.

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