Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Taranto shutdown would lead to other closures, warns ILVA


(ANSA) - Rome, August 6 - The shutdown of the ILVA
steelworks in the southern port city of Taranto could lead to
the closure of other plants as well, company President Bruno
Ferrante told a parliamentary commission on Monday.
"The provision of the preliminary investigations judge is
clear and precise - it orders the closure of the (Taranto)
plant," said Ferrante in reference to a court order issued at
the end of July ordering the company to halt its mineral park
and foundry areas in Taranto to restrict toxic pollution that
prosecutors say has poisoned nearby areas since 1995.
The judge also ordered the house arrest of eightßILVA
managers and ex-managers, including the owner Emilio Riva.
"But closing Taranto also means closing the Genoa and Novi
Ligure plants, which survive on the what is produced in Taranto.
It would be a tragic," added Ferrante.
The company has appealed against the court order and the
appeals process is due to begin in earnest after September 15.
Last Friday the government approved the allocation of 336
million euros for environmental remediation and recovery at
theßILVA plant with immediate effect in an effort to keep the
steelworks in production while protecting the health of local

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